How to Answer DCT Essay Questions: Live Stream

Here is the latest live stream for ‘How to Answer DCT Essay Questions’: St. Augustine, Death and Afterlife and Knowledge of God:

(Sorry for the seriously bad lighting! You wouldn’t think it was 11.00 in the morning).

Tune in next Monday at 11.00 for Person of Jesus – especially if you want to find out how Jesus can be compared to an onion!


ResearchED: Keeping a finger on the pedagogy pulse.

rED-logo-printI might be a little late to the party but I have recently come across the live streams on ResearchEd with some very big names within current and recent pedagogical practice including Dylan Wiliam, David Didau and Rob Coe. This document outlines the upcoming live streams and has links for streams that have already taken place. If you would like to develop your pedagogical understanding and keep your finger on the pulse regarding research and practice, I highly recommend exploring the variety of options available. Most of the live streams are half an hour with the rest of the time on Q/A.

I have summarised the main points from two live streams I have watched so far.

Tom Sherrington Rosenshine’s Principles and Curriculum Design: What’s the connection?

Sherrington talks extensively about establishing an ambitious curriculum, as for him ‘curriculum is the weakness.’ He explores how it is the ‘simultaneous teaching [of] a whole group of people at the same time’ that is the problem. This is where Rosenshine’s principles come into their own. It supports planning a curriculum where ALL students can thrive in every lesson – ‘getting into the corners’ of your classroom.

Building Schemas:

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Transition Materials

Thinking of taking Philosophy, Theology and Ethics at Sixth Form – why not explore this transition pack, designed to ignite your interest, pose those hard questions and give you a little taste of the areas we explore on the course. It comprises of podcasts, websites, videos and activities to keep you entertained over the summer period.

Click on the image below for access to the pack:

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For further information check out our College website:

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(This pack also includes activites, websites and video links recommneded by others).


Cambridge University: My Story

Working from home in the realms of E Learning, Zoom conferencing, sending work home and setting deadlines via email, has made me very reminiscent of when I completed my Masters back in 2012 at Cambridge University. My Masters, in Educational Research, was completed long distance alongside teaching full time. I never really talk about my Masters or my time at Cambridge, (unless you talk to my family who love an opportunity to mention it) in truth I never told most of my colleagues or friends at the time. This was partly due to the fear that I might not have actually been able to do it (I had been out of formal education for 5 years). So, this is how I became a graduate with First Class Honours from Cambridge University.

Ever since my A Levels I wanted to study at Cambridge University. I felt too young at 18 to move so far from home, Homerton (for my PGCE) just didn’t feel quite right (I went to Durham University instead) so when I started to consider my Masters, Cambridge was my one and only choice. The problem was they only offered long distance, part time Masters in Education to alumni of the University. After emailing the course directly, a small ray of hope was ignited that this might change in future years. And it did. Roughly two years later, after supporting a student with her UCAS form, I once again felt the pangs to learn and challenge myself, so I had another look at their website. Starting in September that year, Cambridge were going to pilot a Masters course open to non-Cambridge graduates. Without hesitation I began writing my third personal statement and after a very useful bit of advice to add a piece of scholarly research into my application, my statement was ready to be sent off. Within a few weeks I was invited for an interview, booked my hotel, authorised leave from work, researched every possible question and prepared all my answers (I never did a pilot interview with anyone though as I find them so cringy!) I was ready.

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