We have just had our first Student Council of the year and it was fascinating. Twenty pupils had been elected to represent their class, from Year 2 to Year 6, and this first meeting had a quite mischievous agenda; I wanted to explore what would happen if they were left to their own devices to self-organise. […]Read more "Student Council (or Lord of the Flies)"
We have been subjected to the Milgram Experiment, but instead of a red button, we were given a vote. I am not suggesting that the only reason Britain voted to leave the EU is because people don’t understand the election. That would be patronising in the extreme when more than half of those who turned up […]Read more "Brexit: Get Informed, Get Critical, Get Literate"
Here are some thoughts. Integration requires mutual understanding and compromise of all those involved if it is to be even remotely equitable. When ‘they don’t want to integrate’ is invoked, question the extent to which one group is expecting others to change, whilst not expressing any desire or willingness to change themselves. This is immersion […]Read more "Integration, Diversity, Community"
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 […]Read more "Primary Testing, Plap, Culture, Social Reproduction, Queet and the Flummoxing of the Chumps"
These are the notes I am making, from the selective standpoint of someone with responsibility for a Teaching School, on the ‘Educational excellence everywhere’ White Paper. All schools will become academies, and will be given ‘supported autonomy’. The school-led system is settling in, with MATS and Teaching Schools leading on local improvement. Good practice is […]Read more "Summary of the White Paper"
This week I did something awful. My body clock woke me up in a blind panic on Friday, and I had dreamt I was late for work so in the instant I woke up – in a cloud of delirium – I ran to my housemate’s bed, got her by the shoulders and said “Quick, […]Read more "Nothing Else MATters"
I am going to be talking about the positives of education, schooling and teaching. Speaking of the positives does not mean I am suggesting that our education system is perfect. We cling too readily to binary positions on contentious issues; we too easily settle into For/Against positions that oversimplify each standpoint, often glossing over the tricky parts […]Read more "Be a Signpost: Keep Teaching"
Yesterday two things happened. First I met up with my friend Helen who is involved with Young Labour up in Merseyside. We discussed the realities of a Corbyn-led party as opposed to what we had hoped, and we spoke about Momentum. We questioned whether Corbyn’s Labour will be able to deliver the goods come the […]Read more "Labour: House of Cards in the Staffroom"
Like you, I have ideals. I have ideal occupations and ideal holidays, ideal weekends and ideal hobbies. If I was to browse a job website and my ideal job was being advertised though, I might not apply for it. If I had an opportunity to go on my ideal holiday next week, I might not […]Read more "Jeremy Corbyn and our Fear of Ideals"
Things change in schools and in education – that is one certainty among a fog of uncertainty. These changes are rarely immediate changes from one thing to another. Schools are fluid and their changes have a quite lilting, drifting quality. Sometimes, you can orchestrate these changes – these creepings – but sometimes you can only watch idly […]Read more "Education Creeps"