Slides and links from my talk at ResearchEd Ipswich 2019


What I said to my year 11s yesterday

This year, I am teaching one year 11 group, and sharing a year 11 form. I had important messages I wanted to convey to both groups, based on professional experience, research I’d read and… being a (caring) human!

This is what I said to them:

1) This is a wonderful year, but it’s an intense year and a demanding one. Every teacher will behave like their subject is the most important one out of all the subjects you’re studying. You will be juggling deadlines for homework, tests, coursework, performances, portfolios, orals, aurals, practicals…. If at any point you feel like you are struggling to cope with it all, talk to someone. It doesn’t have to be me, but I can point you to someone else, or you might have someone you trust.

….the rest of the post (which this talk was based on) can be found here.


New GCSEs ‘taking toll on pupils’ mental health’

Are the new GCSE exams causing mental health problems?


Improving Social and Emotional Learning in Primary Schools – EEF Guidance Report


Metacognition and Self-regulated Learning – EEF Guidance Report


GCSEs: the brain-boosting science of sleep


How to make the learning stick (about Dunlosky)


How to encourage delayed gratification


Hornets and Butterflies: How to reduce workload – Joe Kirby


How to get the learning process right (Performance vs learning)