pedagogy · Policy

On Dom Cummings and the truth about direct instruction

I should not find Dom Cummings interesting, but I do. He has interesting things to say about programming, analytics and the research that integrates human thought and action with new technologies. He is also a straight talker and tells the truth. You get the feeling he would tell you he is going to lie before… Continue reading On Dom Cummings and the truth about direct instruction

pedagogy · Policy · Progressivism

Singapore and PISA: a policy warning for England

In this blog,  I consider whether Singapore has implemented Western ideas better than the West, which arguably has resulted in significantly improved PISA results. Based on a tweet (see below), Greg Ashman suggested I had an unusual take on Singapore’s PISA success: (…) Katharine Birbalsingh commented on Finland’s decline in performance in the Programme for International… Continue reading Singapore and PISA: a policy warning for England

pedagogy · Philosophy of Education · Policy

PISA on Michaela: the politics of teacher-directed versus enquiry-based instructional design

Andreas Schleicher, a statistician and researcher in the field of education, is the Division Head and coordinator of the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the OECD Indicators of Education Systems programme. He recently made a visit to Michaela Community School, which you can read about in a blog entitled “where working hard… Continue reading PISA on Michaela: the politics of teacher-directed versus enquiry-based instructional design

pedagogy · Philosophy of Education · Policy

Design Thinking for Teachers 1.0: centring the learning experience

In earlier blogs, I describe educational learning as a series of designed learning experiences.  In this blog, I want to focus on the issue of Design Thinking.  As with previous blogs, Ruth Swailes provides concrete examples. Originally conceptualised to address physical objects designers increasingly apply Design Thinking to complex interactions like customer experiences. In an educational context,… Continue reading Design Thinking for Teachers 1.0: centring the learning experience

Blog · Ed-Tech · Policy

Education 4.0, Optimal Learning Experiences and Disruptive Technologies

In this blog, I want to examine the impact on education of what the World Economic Forum (WEF) describes as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Purpose of education An important consideration is the highly contested purpose of education. Policymakers pursuing Human Capital Theory (HCT) have traditionally considered education as an investment, which produces higher-earning and more productive individuals 1. Policymakers also see education as… Continue reading Education 4.0, Optimal Learning Experiences and Disruptive Technologies

pedagogy · Policy · Powerful knowledge · Progressivism

On the sacred and profane of powerful knowledge

Introduction School’s minister, Nick Gibb, frequently talks about the national curriculum in terms of a canon. In ancient Greek, a canon referred to a measuring rod, which could offer a symbolic description of the current education system.  The canon of the medieval education system was the gospels; the trivium introduced the medieval elite to the word of… Continue reading On the sacred and profane of powerful knowledge

Ofsted · Policy

Ofsted must have this confrontation with the DfE

A recent article in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) entitled DfE and Ofsted at odds over exams caught my attention. The article suggests that the DfE has taken umbrage at the decision by “Ofsted (is) to downgrade the use of exam results as a measure of school quality”. There is an escalating confrontation between the DfE and… Continue reading Ofsted must have this confrontation with the DfE

Ofsted · Policy

On Post-2010 policy: lurking behind the veil of Ofsted data is a litany of policy related issues

In my last blog, I argued that the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report about Ofsted asked the wrong question: does Ofsted measure the impact its inspections have on improving the quality of schools in England? As HMCI observed, there is a perverse incentive implicit to Ofsted measuring the impact of its own inspections. Ofsted could simply inflate grades… Continue reading On Post-2010 policy: lurking behind the veil of Ofsted data is a litany of policy related issues

Ofsted · Policy

On the National Audit Office (NAO) report into Ofsted: insightful but critically flawed on school improvement

The National Audit Office recently released a report entitled Ofsted’s inspection of schools. The report examines whether the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills’ (Ofsted)  school inspections provide value for money. The report is insightful and a good starting point for a debate about Ofsted, however, it is also critically flawed on school improvement. This blog aims to… Continue reading On the National Audit Office (NAO) report into Ofsted: insightful but critically flawed on school improvement

Ofsted · Policy

On OFSTED’s early years report: some dos and don’ts for Professor Mujis to consider

OFSTED has recently appointed a new head of research. Judging by the recently launched early years report: Bold beginnings:  the Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools this appointment has not come too soon. The report has been criticised by educationalists for being politicised and ideological. In this BLOG I highlight some dos and don’ts… Continue reading On OFSTED’s early years report: some dos and don’ts for Professor Mujis to consider