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“What works” and “what next”: some hopes for for 2015 #nurture1415

It’s been my first year blogging and “twittering”. Overall a positive experience. The vast majority engage intelligently and honestly.  I have learned an awful lot. So thank you. Not sure if this conforms to the nurture format, it’s not personal and a little bit dry, but I was half way through a Blog and ……..well… Continue reading “What works” and “what next”: some hopes for for 2015 #nurture1415

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A hope for 2015: teachers become more resistant to the politicisation of pedagogy

I was interested in the response to the Teach First BLOG particularly the reference to neo-Thatcherism and the cult of “no society”.  One or two stated that they couldn’t see anything in the Teach First advert other than society. I offered to BLOG a response and here it is. The world seems to be divided… Continue reading A hope for 2015: teachers become more resistant to the politicisation of pedagogy

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Teach First needs to get its message right if it is to be more than just a policy placebo

Rather unwittingly I seem to have hit a raw nerve with my Teach First BLOG. It was somewhat unexpected. I was really commenting on what seemed to me to be a disingenuous advert making silly claims. In terms of silliness it is up there with the “for mash get smash” advert from the seventies. You… Continue reading Teach First needs to get its message right if it is to be more than just a policy placebo

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The Teach First advert trivialises teachers and teaching

I read the Teach First advert spoof by @HeyMissSmith  and had a good snigger. @HeyMissSmith has form in this area. And then I saw the advert and stopped laughing. The main premise of the advert is that there is such a thing as “inequality in education”. It quotes figures about inequality in society and then uses those… Continue reading The Teach First advert trivialises teachers and teaching

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Vocational pedagogy: a way forward for teaching and learning in FE?

I’ve collated a few”free” papers, related to vocational pedagogy, for no other reason than it seemed to be an idea. Others might find it useful, a way forward for vocational teaching and learning perhaps. The first is “How to teach vocational education: a theory of vocational pedagogy” by Bill Lucas, Ellen Spencer and Guy Claxton… Continue reading Vocational pedagogy: a way forward for teaching and learning in FE?

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The ten fundamentals challenge: is your middle ground, my middle ground?

Ten fundamentals of progressive education. How many do you agree with Ten Fundamentals 1) Progressive education is in the domain of the social sciences and is not an art or natural science 2) Progressive views should be embedded in praxis based upon a philosophical and theoretical educational tradition. 3) The purpose of progressive education can… Continue reading The ten fundamentals challenge: is your middle ground, my middle ground?

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College of Teachers? Old Andrew might have a point but does he have a middle ground?

In my last BLOG I wrote about the “teaching is a vocation not a profession” debate. In my view it feeds into a management narrative that goes along the lines of “I don’t have to give a reason why I’ve given you this meaningless task. Teaching is not for 9 -5 ‘ers you know”. The… Continue reading College of Teachers? Old Andrew might have a point but does he have a middle ground?