Becky Allen’s brilliant speech this week and Amanda Spielman’s clarification that Ofsted were indeed cross checking teacher’s responses to the workload question on their staff questionnaire with SLT’s claims, has brought the question of workload to the fore again.
Continue reading “No frills education: the workload paradox.”
I’m a little tired of being positioned as someone who is anti-knowledge whenever I question the purposes and practices of education. Continue reading “Utilising Knowledge – The Ancient Greeks”
How often do we, as teachers, tell children that the experiences they encounter in school are designed to “prepare you for life/the real world?” We place rules, uniform, curriculum content into a box called “Future” and dole it out without really thinking if any of them are true.
Continue reading “Preparing children for life?”
I’ve just returned from my fifth trip to China (14th if you count Hong Kong).
Continue reading “What I Learned in China…”
Those of you with long memories will remember the touching speeches of Michael Gove when he was education secretary, where he used his position to advance the work of teachers in the classroom.
Continue reading “Michael Gove’s Favourite Teachers: Where are they now?”
I was raised in Burnley. Apart from my teachers, I didn’t know anyone who had ever been to University. I didn’t even go to Manchester until I was 17 and that was just for a shopping trip. Apart from family holidays and day trips in fact, I’d never stepped outside my small town. Books were my way into another world.
Continue reading “On Teaching Apprenticeships”
I knock quietly on the Master teacher’s staffroom door but there’s no answer. They don’t like to be disturbed at lunch time, but my lesson starts in ten minutes and there is a page missing on my script. I don’t know how to fill it.
Continue reading “Teaching in 2030”
It’s that time of year. Sad little faces in newspapers holding up flat, back shoes. Angry parents railing against new heads. Edu twitter bursting into cyclone levels of argumentative energy in which sides rail against each other using the spear of shame as a weapon. Stop shaming schools! Cries one side. Stop shaming children! Cries the other.
Continue reading “Shame is not a Weapon.”
The fourth Northern Rocks marked the end of an era. From the first, when Emma Hardy and I, from a single tweet, gathered a group of 500 in a room and pinched ourselves, to this, our last done together, it’s been a blast.
Continue reading “Northern Rocks 2017”
Nothing lets the government off the hook for social disadvantage and poverty quite like the teaching profession blaming each other for the academic underachievement of disadvantaged pupils.
Continue reading “He’s behind you! The real enemy of promise…”