I have now written more than 50 articles for TES online (and two in the magazine) since December 2015. I've learnt so much along the way, not least that to be a successful writer, you have to be able to take the praise as well as the punches! I've always aimed to not hold anything back in my writing, in the words of music critic Lester Bangs in one of my favourite movies "Almost Famous", to be "honest and unmerciful".
I have to say a word of thanks for the fantastic TES team (Ed, Jon, Adi, Chloe, Ann, Magda and others) for giving me the opportunity to write for such an amazing publication.
Here are the 5 most popular articles I have ever published (click on the images for links to the articles):
1. Parenting not schools has the biggest impact on student outcomes, so why are teachers blamed for results?
<15th January 2016>
The central theme of this article is one i've returned to a number of times in my article; the idea that there are too many schools in the UK and beyond where the teachers work harder than the students. In this article, I explored the why's and how's and the fact that student results are still used as a stick to beat teachers with, despite there being little to no evidence suggesting a link between results of whole cohorts and the work of educators in the classroom. This article achieved more than 500,000 views on the web and has been referenced in several PHD thesis in the US.