A tale of two settings

Should independents take the lead in national state school improvement efforts? Dan MacPherson, who has split his time between both types of school, thinks not

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Much has been written on the essence of outstanding teaching: high expectations, no excuses for underachievement, firm boundaries, knowing your students and scaffolding the ascent to success. Simple.

I have always believed that I am an outstanding teacher. I have been practising what I have known to be true about exceptional teaching in a range of contexts since I entered the profession six years ago. But never have the contrasts of what constitutes exceptional teaching in context been so clear to me it was during the past autumn term. What had changed? Allow me to explain.

On blustery Sunday ...

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