by Tom Sherrington
The Learning Rainforest captures my thinking about the elements of an exciting, rounded curriculum, effective assessment and great teaching. Great teaching in real classrooms is about establishing conditions; building knowledge; exploring possibilities.
Dylan Wiliam described is as ‘an extraordinarily good book. Impressive and highly recommended’. April 2018.
After a 30-year career in education as a teacher and Headteacher I am now working as an education consultant and author. I am interested in working with teachers and school leaders to explore and implement contemporary educational ideas that help us deliver an excellent all-round education for all young people. Hopefully the range of posts in my blogs will give an idea of the scope of what that covers. I regularly contribute to conferences and CPD sessions locally and nationally and I’m busy working in schools and colleges across the country and around the world. It’s incredibly exciting.
My education career started as a teacher of Physics and Maths at Winstanley College in Wigan. It then took me to Holland Park School and Alexandra Park Schools in London; two complex vibrant inner city comprehensive schools where I learned the ropes and moved from the classroom into senior leadership. I moved to Indonesia to work at the British International School in Jakarta before spending six years as Headteacher at King Edward VI Grammar Schools in Chelmsford and two and half years as Headteacher at Highbury Grove School in Islington. I live in North London with my family.