“Practise Teaching, Teaching Practice” is a series of tips and observations about fundamentals for great teaching based on my experience as a teacher for over twenty years and also as a trainer of teachers for much of that time. There is a mathematical theory based on queuing, this is not it. It is, however, something … More Practise Teaching, Teaching Practice: Queues
“Practise Teaching, Teaching Practice:” is a series of tips and observations about fundamentals for great teaching based on my experience as a teacher for over twenty years and also as a trainer of teachers for much of that time. There was a problem in a music department, I was asked to investigate. I went to observe … More Practise Teaching, Teaching Practice: On Desks and Classroom ‘Feng Shui’
Today Tristram Hunt addressed the question: “Who Should Have The Power To Create The School Curriculum?” His answer was, as I remember it, that it should be teachers working together in schools, clusters and chains. He reiterated his stated policy that all schools, regardless of what type of school they are, will have freedom to innovate … More The Hunt For An Education Policy: Do We Need Less Creativity?
In forty years time weirdly unwizened old women and men will whisper over their alcopops and remember the day when Push Came To Gove and education fell into the ‘quiet years’. They will recall that in the quiet years following Gove’s sudden demise that the Nicky Morgan colouring book never sold well. One will say: “When Morgan’s name was mentioned at … More When Push Comes To Gove: What Did He Ever Do For Us?
TES and THE are proud to be media partners for this event and we are very proud that they are too! The conference took place at King’s College, The Strand, London, on October 14th 2014. The point of the event was to look at the current thinking about the liberal arts in universities and in … More Liberal Arts Conference. October 14th 2014
Forget 21st Century Skills! “What we need is not new, but perennial. We need an art that integrates body and soul and recognises enduring and underlying principles, which have sustained wisdom and insight throughout humanity’s history.” The artist and punk: Billy Childish (with Charles Thomson), Remodernist Manifesto (2000) I wrote a piece this week for … More Bring Back Rhetoric!
Michael Gove has divulged the name of his hero: “Lord Harris of Peckham”. Harris is a ‘Conservative millionaire who is saving schools’. In the piece Gove claims that Harris Academies are: ‘led by traditionalist teachers who refused to accept excuses for failure,’ and that: ‘traditional teaching, the celebration of knowledge, discipline, respect for adults, a … More How Traditional is the Teaching and Learning in Harris Academies?