Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Using Twitter in the classroom...

Use this resource with staff to advertise the benefits of using Twitter in the classroom

Using audio to add value

Use this poster to demonstrate to staff how audio can be used for feedback, reflective practices and assessments. Really easy to use...

Free CPD resources

Why not use the poster on your training events (INSET). Use it to engage staff to differentiate by outcome and to stretch and challenge the most able.

Friday, 24 February 2012

New wine in old bottles...the new CIF

The new CIF does not appear to be anything new or indeed radical. Quite rightly, teaching, learning and assessment (new addition) are the central focus. The leadership team should be driving the quality improvement of teaching and learning whilst not losing sight of success. The bar has been raised. Satisfactory is being replaced with ‘needs improvement’, but hey, don’t outstanding teachers still need improvement! Oh, and no limiting grades. So what?

Sunday, 19 February 2012

QR code interactive poster

Please feel free to use this interactive poster to engage staff and get them to start using QR codes

How to Use QR Codes Week (1) Bitesize Training

PowerPoint slides: How to use QR codes

Why not take a look at these Powerpoint slides that illustrate how QR codes can be used in the classroom

QR Codes Top Ten Slides

Interactive Poster

Why not use this interactive poster to engage staff and take a couple of risks. It illustrates how easy it is to use QR codes, or do something quite innovate like flipping your classroom.

A Leap of Faith

Friday, 10 February 2012

OfSted and Wilshaw do a U-Turn

Outstanding schools fear inspection once more as new chief stamps his mark on Ofsted

Ofsted intends to reintroduce inspections to “outstanding” schools and place thousands of extra schools into a legal category that would allow ministers to order them to become academies.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Plastering L2 Micro-teach

Here are a micro-teach video which can be used for observation training. Watch, analyse and reflect upon good practice and possible areas for development

Plastering Level (2): Health and Safety

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Teach using just questions...

...this is not as easy as you think...

The Flipped Classroom

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Off to AOC T&L Conference...

I have included copies of my resourses which are going to be delivered at the AoC Teaching and Learning Conference on tuesday. Thought I would include a Wordle to get things going...

Friday, 27 January 2012

My first Crocodoc

Found this on Twitter...upload and edit PDFs for collaborative group work. Real potential. Oh, and by the way, starting 6 week training course on innovative technologies.

How to use Twitter in the classroom

Enterprising educators are using Twitter in creative ways, to engage students inside and outside of class, to stay on top of education news, and keep in touch with peers and students. A recent post by Best Online Colleges enumerates 28 ways to use Twitter in class. They’ve asked me to repost, and I’m happy to share it.

1.Instant feedback: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable both featured Monica Rankin, a history professor at University of Dallas, and discussed how she utilizes Twitter to gather real-time feedback. Students send questions and input to the microblog, which end up projected right there during lectures; Rankin encourages them to study one another’s insights.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Using Animation to aid learning

I cobbled together this short animation to see whether or not it would help learners to recall the names, facts, legal issues surrounding a key case, R v White (1910).

It was easy to produce and took just 15 minutes...let me know your thoughts...

Friday, 20 January 2012

Launch of new blog for DTLLS

...why not take a look at my other blog which is being launched on Monday. It will promote that e-materials produced by the learners on the C/DTLLS programme and demonstrate just what can be done in a very short space of time...

The URL is

To listen to the introductory Boo, read more

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Clip from Radio 4...The John Lewis Economy

This is a very interesting discussion on the extent to which the John Lewis style of management and corporate governance can be transposed into other organisation / industries. One wonders the extent to which Education invests in their staff in the same way as John Lewis. Thoughts?

The John Lewis Economy (mp3)

My understanding of satisfactory teaching and learning

In their last 22 college inspections, not one was graded as outstanding for teaching and learning. The new boss, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has high expectations...
He states, “...Standards are too low and they have to be raised. Undoubtedly in some places it’s going to be harder than others. But if we want a world-class education system that’s what we’ve got to do.’

Understanding the new expectations will be critical to our ultimate success. Whilst there are some 18 criteria to consider it really boils down to the following: how much new learning has taken place?

1. In an outstanding lesson, all of the learners will be making better than expected progress for the level and stage of programme. There will be strong evidence of learner progression throughout the curriculum
2. In a good lesson, most of the learners will make better than expected progress for the level and stage of programme. The remaining learning will still make progress
3. In a satisfactory lesson, almost all learners will all make satisfactory progress for the level and stage of the programme. This means that they may all learn, enjoy and achieve, but progress is no better than expected
4. In an unsatisfactory lesson, most learners fail to make satisfactory progress for the level and stage of the programme. There is very little new learning taking place

Gone are the days of satisfactory...

If you get a moment, read the latest article from Sir Michael Wilshaw, new Head of Ofsted. Too many satisfactory colleges have been coasting; satisfactory is going to be replaced with requiring improvements...Our policies and procedures will have to reflect this sentiment...let me know your thoughts.

Ofsted plans to scrap 'satisfactory' label for schools
By Sean Coughlan

BBC News education correspondent Sir Michael Wilshaw wants to tackle the number of "coasting" schools that are not improving

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Micro-teach video from Advanced Practitioner

Simon Kay is an AP at Filton College, Bristol. He kindly agreed to be filmed delivering a micro-teach on nutrition. Here is the edited version. Why not use it to inform one of your training sessions on observations and the difference between good and outstandingf teaching.

Let me know your thoughts,

Copy of speech from HM Inspectorate on the new inspection framework

Firstly I want to explain the rationale underpinning the changes to the new inspection framework.

The Education Bill, which is currently before parliament, sets out proposals for some broad changes to the way schools are inspected. This has enabled Ofsted to develop a new framework, which we believe will make an even greater difference to schools and the pupils they serve. We want to have a stronger impact on driving improvement and raising standards. As with all frameworks, we are building on the strengths of the current framework and looking to raise expectations.

And we are also taking this opportunity to streamline the inspection process and sharpen our focus even more on what really matters in schools: the quality of teaching and learning; pupils’ achievement; behaviour and safety; and the effectiveness of the school’s leadership and management. The slimmer framework will allow inspectors to spend even more time observing the quality of teaching in classrooms, and they will be able to focus on key issues such as literacy, including listening to children read.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Building a bank of best practice videos

I thought it might be an idea to start to build a bank of videos which give teachers top tips on how to differentiate, stretch and challenge etc. Here is one i cobbled together earlier. After recoiling from the embarrassment of seeing myself on video, im looking for volunteers. Those which put themselves forward will have the rather dubious honor of appearing on the blog. So, who’s up for it?

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Now linked to Twitter

You can keep up to date as P4L is now linked to Twitter. Download it and have a go! Just click on the link in Twitter or go to the bottom of the page. Easy!

Top do we learn

You are much more likely to remember the first and last items but forget the middle. This is known as the primary and recency effect

Top tips...

I thought it would be useful if I started to post some top tips which focus on teaching and learning, but also, management skills.

Schemes of work: Produce a scaled down version of the SoW for your learners and use it to reflect upon progress. Students are often unaware of their progress against criteria and this can boost confidence and be used for target setting

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Innovation Video

This video has been produced in order to give staff a brief overview of some of the technologies that are driving changes in education. If you are interested in learning how to use any or all of the technologies, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me at

They can each be mastered in less than two hours, even if your skill base is relatively low. I am happy to deliver to teams or individuals.

Please take a look at my other blog for some ideas on how to use technology as a teaching and learning aid,

Innovation from markjones on Vimeo.

Friday, 26 August 2011

New Staff Induction Micro-teach

This is a copy of a video which was taken on the first day of new staff induction. Hazel, Deputy Head of Teacher Development, takes the staff through a dance montage with very good results; I think some of them are naturals. On a more serious note, it demonstrated how, through careful facilitation, a group of learners can acquire new skills, have differentiated outcomes and be stretched outside of their comfort zone.

The video was produced on i-Movie in less than 10 minutes. If you are interested in learning how to edit and produce you own i-Movies, just drop me a line on

Monday, 11 July 2011

Keeping up to date with the latest news...

Please go to the YouTube video tab and stay up t date with the latest educational news...
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