I spoke recently about how each term has its own distinct rhythm. Without a doubt, last term is the final term in the school year. The finality of Year 11 exams means that the immediate pressure is off, and that lessons invariably wind down somewhat.
This doesn’t mean, of course, that the lessons become less relevant, or even less demanding. It just means that they take on a different rhythm. The revision and marking of my Year 11s was quite something this year – 20 hours after work wasn’t unusual. In lieu of exam practice, I hope to guide my students onto more project-based work. We’ll see, though.
As part of this half-term I resumed some of my external training with ICT. Although it was pretty packed, and served as an introduction rather than a critique, it seemed to go down well. I’ll post reflective feedback on this blog later today, along with responses to the pyramid plenary.