Schools Are Not Businesses. A Message to Lord Nash.

Lord Nash, speaking at the Challenge Partnership national conference, titled his talk: ‘what is relevant in business to education?’ According to the TES, he said that: “…too often teachers have confused their individuality with their professionalism… Being a professional means embracing accountability, standardisation and consistency, although of course we want our teachers to be inspiring.” He went … More Schools Are Not Businesses. A Message to Lord Nash.

The Future Fallacy

Most people know nothing about learning; many despise it. Dummies reject as too hard whatever is not dumb.   Thomas More, Utopia The future fallacy occurs when someone makes a comment about what the future will be like and then says: ‘therefore we should be doing (insert something here)…’ The 21st century skills argument is exactly … More The Future Fallacy

Remove Managerialism from the Classroom

Managerialism is the idea that quantifiable administrative approaches are the correct way to run institutions. Efficiency is all and it can sometimes be value free in that what works becomes more important than what’s right. Employees become pawns in the game of delivery and the idea of management as neutral and post-ideological holds sway. The sociologist Max … More Remove Managerialism from the Classroom

For Too Many Years School Leaders Have Been Trying to ‘Reinvent the Wheel’…

…School leaders should spend their time ‘rediscovering the wheel’. School leaders should spend their time grappling with the ‘big ideas’ and they should be reading about and discussing the things that matter. They should lead their staff in great conversations about the things that matter. Unfortunately too many school leaders are using the slogans and ideas that … More For Too Many Years School Leaders Have Been Trying to ‘Reinvent the Wheel’…