About

I have an acute sense of fairness

Thomas Martell

I teach secondary science in County Durham where I also lead a Research School, which supports teachers to use research evidence.

I’m interested in evidence for its own sake. However, I have a more prosaic interest, too: I think it offers our best hope of improving education in a scalable, systematic manner. Evidence can help us understand what has – and has not – worked elsewhere so that we can make better judgements about what might work here.

Thanks to my mother, and three siblings, I have an acute sense of fairness. Consequently, I’m especially interested in overcoming inequities in education, but I do not think that schools can do this alone. Schools can make a difference, but are not the answer to all of society’s ills.

I started this blog because I’m terrible at writing; I know, auspicious. I can write to an acceptable standard – with time, a steady coffee supply and patience from everyone involved, but I want to write faster and better. Too often, I’m a perfectionist so end up procrastinating and then rushing. Perhaps more regular blogging will help me accept when good is good enough.

So, if you want to read my occasional musing then smash that subscribe button.