Primary Testing, Plap, Culture, Social Reproduction, Queet and the Flummoxing of the Chumps

I asked my Y4s what they are excited about for Y5. All they said is they are scared because Y5 is one year from SATS. #ks2sats — Jonny Walker (@jonnywalker_edu) 26 April 2016 As in many schools at the moment, test fever is settling into our playground like a beautiful flock of birds, if the birds […]

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Teacher, are you faking it?

New teachers need to believe in themselves as teachers in order to feel comfortable in their new role. The novelty of being there, whiteboard rubber in hand and with a lanyard round your neck, can feel like fancy dress. The first telling off you deliver makes you fly through your list of fictional rogues – […]

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Sharing Good Taste with Children

Pop culture is a load of dreck and it frustrates me deeply to see children’s idiosyncratic tastes fade and blur, leaving an army of 10-11 year olds whose shared cultural language revolves around listening to rubbish bands making boring music, bantering about which team they support, and which vacuous American programmes they watch. I feel sorry for them because […]

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