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
I had the great pleasure of meeting Becky Allen back at the beginning of the year for a bit of a discussion about the work Education Datalab were doing on matching teacher training records to the School Workforce Census. I suspect a pretty monumental amount of effort has gone into nailing down the final details […]Read More Linking ITT and workforce data: a step in the right direction
Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. ~Lin Yutang This is the third in a hopeful series of posts about things I can possibly envisage happening in ITE following on from the Schools White Paper 2016. All […]Read More Stability at Last? Guaranteed longer-term allocation of places for the best providers