This wasn’t intended to be a post about whether Jordan Peterson is an appropriate visitor to MCS or any other school but I’m going to get unavoidably sucked in later. However, @oldandrewuk raised a much better question that I’ve been thinking about quite hard and I wanted to write down my thoughts. Here is his […]Read More Who should we invite into our schools?
The ITT Market Review report looks like a dog’s breakfast to me. Having done a bit of tweeting about it, I’m going to try to properly explain why. Please note, this is entirely a Secondary perspective although the report is trying to cover EYFS through to FE. So, here’s my starting point. I think teaching […]Read More Sometimes it’s not just Cheams Mindset
My Y6 son is in the next room, working away at an Oak National Academy English lesson. He’s dressed today, so that’s at least a small improvement on yesterday, when I realised he was still in his pyjamas as I set him his work schedule for the day. This seems like a good moment to […]Read More Remote Learning: A parent perspective
Matt Burnage wrote a somewhat devastating thread about ITT on Twitter recently. And he’s also written more about the use of the Teachers’ Standards in ITT . I completely understand where he’s coming from and I thought I’d get my thoughts down on each of the points he’s made and some reasons why it might […]Read More Teachers’ Standards as Level Descriptors
Matt Burnage wrote a somewhat devastating thread about ITT on Twitter recently. You can read it here https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1086971149299388416.html and he’s also written more about the use of the Teachers’ Standards in ITT . I completely understand where he’s coming from and I thought I’d get my thoughts down on each of the points he’s made and […]Read More Stuff like this is really sad to see
Justine Greening’s conservative party conference speech included an announcement of a pilot student loan repayment scheme for MFL and science teachers in 25 target local authorities. Details were initially a bit sketchy but have now been clarified. How much this will be worth depends on career progression but for a teacher working FT for the […]Read More Salaries, bursaries, and fees: too few, too much, too painful?
Sharks have teeth that slope inward; once they get their jaws on something, it isn’t getting away. I don’t think @tombennett71 has teeth that slope inwards (although, like me, he grew up in a land and era of pragmatic dentistry, far from the pearly white, braced and straightened paradise of the Home Counties) but there […]Read More Learning Styles, Universities, and ITT
Following the little kerfuffle over the new BPP University PGCE, there has been a bit of discussion about whether or not Theory of instruction: Principles and applications by Engelmann and Carnine, should be available in university libraries for PGCE or other Education students. It isn’t in my university’s library. I’m open to persuasion that it […]Read More Why isn’t Engelmann in our library?
The announcement of the new BPP PGCE in the TES yesterday generated a lot of twittering, most of which struck me as knee-jerk in nature, unduly negative, and rather uninformed. Now, given the nature of Robert Peal’s polemic against the educational establishment – which ended by describing all those people who (whether right or wrong) had […]Read More NKOTB – the BPP PGCE
Last night was the final parent’s evening before my son moves from Infant to Junior school. This is a big change for us all; we will be turning right instead of left when we get throught the school gate in the morning, and there will be NO AFTERNOON BREAK!!! Possibly there will be other differences, […]Read More KS1 SATs: A parent’s perspective