Our Pedagogy

Castles of the classroom

All resource publishers want to give you the tools to deliver successful lessons. Unfortunately, too many providers cannot tell you about the pedagogy underpinning them.

Having spent 6 years leading teacher training in ICT and Computer Science at the University of Gloucestershire, plus thirty years in the classroom, Craig and Dave have developed a pedagogical confidence in their teaching. Not every teacher will agree with our thinking or approaches, but we have thought very carefully about HOW we teach and WHY we teach in particular ways. Too often teachers are preoccupied with WHAT they are teaching without underpinning their methodologies by asking themselves why they deliver lessons the way they do. This leaves you vulnerable, not just to underperformance of students, but criticism from those observing your lessons if you just use resources without questioning how you should be using them. CraignDave was borne out of a desire to be reflective. To thrash ideas around between two Heads of Department in different schools, challenging each other to teach the best possible lessons. Asking, “why do you deliver this in that way?” It caused us to take a step back and ask ourselves, “what is the point of the lesson?”

It is important for any teacher delivering lessons with CraignDave resources to understand the sound pedagogy behind them. We defend this pedagogy ruthlessly against attack and evidence it with what students themselves say about our lessons and the results they achieve. We call this our “castle of the classroom”. To be defended and fought for against those who apply initiatives and educational buzz words without thinking deeply enough about what you are trying to achieve in the classroom. Even Ofsted themselves have come around to this way of thinking. It is no longer about a perceived way to teach, but whether what you do is successful or not.

There are many ways to deliver outstanding lessons, and our method is not the only one.  All teachers need to find what works for them and their students.  That said, our pedagogy has a proven track record of success in better outcomes, better progress, better engagement, and far more responsible and independent learners.

Read what we have to say about each of these key principles of pedagogy:

We also recommend reading:

  • PINK, D. H. (2009). Drive: the surprising truth about what motivates us.
    How can you motivate students and colleagues at school?  As Daniel Pink explains in his paradigm shifting book, the true secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is not to have targets, rewards and punishments, but instead to satisfy the deeply human need to direct our own lives, and to learn and create new things.  Put the students in control of their own learning and watch what happens.  This is exactly how Craig and Dave think and work.

Making the most of our resources

If you want to make the most of this website, spend a little while watching the videos below in the order presented:

  1. Welcome to craig ‘n’ dave
  2. Assessment with craig ‘n’ dave OCR GCSE
  3. Assessment with craig ‘n’ dave OCR A’Level
  4. Assessment with craig ‘n’ dave AQA GCSE
  5. Assessment with craig ‘n’ dave AQA A’Level
  6. The “Flipped Classroom Method “explained
  7. Our “Delivery Method” explained
  8. Our “Key Terminology” resource explained
  9. Why go Premium?
  10. Flipped classroom pedagogy walkthrough

    Craig Sargent
    My name is Craig Sargent, I am a CAS Master Teacher and currently the head of Computing at Archway secondary school in Stroud where I promote computing at all key stages. I am an active member of the WGH three-counties CAS hub. I have collaborated with another professional to produce assessment tools for the iPad, which teachers are now effectively using to support teaching and learning.
    I was one of the pilot CAS Master Teachers and then moved on to be appointed as a Master Teacher Regional Coordinator for phase two the Computing Network of Excellence in which Archway is a Lead school.
    My background before entering teaching includes a degree in computer science, freelance contracting for LloydsTSB and six years’ as a technologist for GCHQ in Cheltenham and wrote my first computer program in primary school!
    I host a professional blog and vigorously push the computing agenda, investing in equipment such as Raspberry Pi’s and Lego MindStorm for use in the classroom. In the past I have been an examiner and moderator for OCR GCSE Computing and currently authors online material.
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    David Hillyard
    I am currently Assistant Head Teacher at a large comprehensive school in Gloucestershire. With 19 years’ experience as a teacher of ICT and Computing, I have been successful in a number of roles including: Head of ICT/Computing, Head of e-learning and Assistant Head of Year. Prior to teaching, I worked as an analyst-programmer at Messier-Dowty and graduated with a BSC Honours degree in Computing and Business Information Technology from what is now the University of Gloucestershire. I have been programming since I was ten years old!
    I spent 6 years as subject leader for initial teacher training with the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership. This involved leading the partnership provision in the teaching of ICT/Computing, training all ICT/Computing PGCE & GTP students in Gloucestershire as well as leading a team of subject mentors in placement schools around the county.
    I am also a founding Member Director of the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, a Multi-Academy Trust of primary schools, having previously been Chair of Governors at one of the trust’s Primary schools.
    Passionate about the subject of Computer Science, I am continually innovating with new approaches to pedagogy and creating new resources. I’m always looking for ways to make the learning experience better for students, as well as raising standards.
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