Category Archives: Teachers

What curriculum do young people need?

  For the last 30 years, the school curriculum in England has been imposed on teachers top-down. Teachers were not regarded as knowledgeable and were simply expected to “deliver” what politicians decided. The current version, launched by Michael Gove in … Continue reading

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Sending England back to work and back to school?

England is still in crisis, and its government are in denial. It is very clear from Boris Johnson’s ‘address to the nation‘ last night (Sunday 10 May) that the government are trying to wish their way out of this crisis … Continue reading

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Class size – the Conservative legacy

The Conservative Party are constantly claiming to have improved schools, but without reliable evidence. They claim that more pupils are being educated in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools. The Ofsted data is suspect, since the criteria have been changed so much. … Continue reading

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How teaching can be different

by Valerie Coultas Cultures of performativity must go if collaboration and creativity is to survive in teaching This article takes issue with the dominant managerial view that teaching is improved by close supervision and imposed lesson observations. Instead, I argue … Continue reading

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Teach like Finland – take your time

Most of our knowledge of Finnish schools comes from Pasi Sahlberg’s book Finnish Lessons. Accounts of the day to day life of teachers are hard to find, partly because of the difficulties of learning the Finnish language. Now at last … Continue reading

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Crying in cupboards: what happens when teachers are bullied

a new book by Pat Bricheno and Mary Thornton We are used to thinking of bullying as something that happens to children. This book tells a story which has become all too familiar in English schools: managerial bullying of teachers … Continue reading

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NUT strike: the only way to stop a shipwreck

Schools in England are heading for the rocks. They are dealing concurrently with: forced academies and free schools a school places crisis because Local Authorities are forbidden from building schools an impossible curriculum tests and exams designed so that children … Continue reading

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Teachers Undefeated: why Nicky Morgan should be encouraged, or, perhaps, scared

by Jon Berry, University of Hertfordshire One of the more comical moments of recent weeks occurred when Nicky Morgan tried to rally the troops at the NASUWT Conference. As a hardened ex secondary school teacher, I have some (very limited) … Continue reading

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Why teach? and why teachers quit

A new research report by the KLM thinktank Why Teach? adds to the picture of a serious crisis fuelled by failing political leadership. As LKM’s director explains: “Ultimately there is no shortage of passion amongst teachers, but too often the … Continue reading

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Why teachers should be sceptical of a new College of Teaching

The DfE is currently consulting on the proposal for a new College of Teaching.  This contribution to ‘The Conversation‘ argues that teachers should proceed with caution and be careful what they wish for.

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