Monthly Archives: July 2013

Highwaymen: Myth, Folklore and Legend: Stand and Deliver!

Myth, Folklore and Legend: Stand and Deliver! SECRET passageways; tunnels connecting ancient buildings; smuggling, skulduggery, and sexually fascinating felons; a bungled robbery and a mortally-wounded bandit – all dispensing the aphrodisiac of political or criminal power: such are the ingredients of … Continue reading

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More Great Expectations. Gove’s New National Curriculum: Garden Path or Right Track?

Gove’s New National Curriculum: Garden Path or Right Track? The six-week-holiday is fast-approaching and us teachers have some holiday reading to do. The new draft National Curriculum is OUT THERE, published last Monday (8th July) to be scrutinised, and critically … Continue reading

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High Expectations of Low-Achieving Kids. Gove & Abbott: The Odd Couple

Gove & Abbott: The Odd Couple Their eyes met across a crowded room. “..I’m in love!” declared the dashing male lead. On the opposite side of the room the lady fluttered her eyelashes and agreed with everything he said. ‘Men … Continue reading

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Performance Related Pay: Be Sure the Behaviour Nut’s Cracked!

There is never a dull moment for teachers these days! No sooner have we adjusted (or not) to the ramifications of Gove’s new knowledge-based curriculum and its bounteous feast of learning opportunities, but now the menacing spectre of the dreaded … Continue reading

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The Creative Curriculum : Why Run Before You Can Walk?

“Mama said I was a dancer before I could walk. She said I began to sing long before I could talk”…so went the lyrics to the song ‘Thank You for the Music’ by seventies Swedish super-group, Abba. Lovely stuff and … Continue reading

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Unqualified Teachers? Horses For Courses

Horses For Courses. Jamie Oliver demanded, and apparently got, a revolution in school meals. In a television series shown a few years ago, he went through the lunchtime offerings of many a school dinner menu with a fine tooth comb … Continue reading

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Let’s not worry about the futile stuff: Grow Up @toryeducation!

Grow Up @toryeducation! @toryeducation have been in the news rather a lot lately, at least the news that I read (ie:Twitter). The bombastic and bamboozling ‘twitter feed’ that comes straight from the heart of the DfE, is somewhat controversial, to … Continue reading

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My first post for Backbencher, Feb 2013: Education: The DEbaccle

Education: The DEbaccle. The latest furore to engulf both the media and education worlds alike is the debacle of Michael Gove’s Ebacc scheme as well as changes to the GCSE system. This follows last year’s (widely accepted) ‘scandal’ surrounding the … Continue reading

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