Leadership approaches, support and ideas from Bristol Brunel Academy

Is education in England too easy?

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The title for this blog comes from a discussion I had with two girls (twins) who I teach in year 11. Despite being on track to achieve brilliantly in their English GCSEs, they don’t consider themselves to be fluent speakers of English. They are, however, fluent speakers of Italian and Portuguese. They joined the school about midway through year 10, and since then have improved more rapidly than any student or students that I’ve ever encountered before. They work harder, do more homework, organise revision materials better, and their work is more beautifully presented.

On Friday after school, these two students and a couple of others attended a revision session on Romeo & Juliet that I was running. I really like these sessions, especially with smaller groups of students. They seem much more relaxed and informal than classroom revision, and offer much more opportunity to discuss with students their own learning and preferences…

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