Rescue Plan (or how to get from where we are to where we ought to be)

.  This post: Reviews progress to date on white paper policies to improve the education of higher attaining learners Considers some wider implications of the white paper’s commitment to equality of educational opportunity, regardless of background and prior attainment, and Proposes a dedicated national centre, based in a leading university, to specialise in the education … Continue reading Rescue Plan (or how to get from where we are to where we ought to be)

Exposing the implications of ‘educational excellence everywhere’

. Several of my recent educational posts have mentioned the new-found commitment to ‘educational excellence everywhere’. This was the title selected for the March 2016 white paper, but it is also the strategic goal at the heart of this government’s education policy. It should influence every part of the white paper, informing every educational decision … Continue reading Exposing the implications of ‘educational excellence everywhere’

Doing differentiation differently?

. . . .           .         . This post compares how we do differentiation with how it’s done elsewhere. It explores the tension within education policy between autonomy and pedagogical prescription through the ‘forensic analysis’ of recent ministerial speech content. It flags up the likelihood of further … Continue reading Doing differentiation differently?

More About Mastery, Depth and High Attainers

  I am increasingly concerned about NCETM’s notion that 'stretch and challenge' should always involve studying the same material in greater depth. This is becoming increasingly pervasive and resulting in widespread confusion, amongst teachers as well as parents. For example see this Mumsnet thread and this sample of recent Tweets . https://twitter.com/Miss_RQT/status/646778458173902848 https://twitter.com/Miss_RQT/status/646779429138493440 https://twitter.com/Braunteaches/status/646922499691794432 https://twitter.com/leah_moo/status/646922805834051584 https://twitter.com/FJStarfish/status/646923902824919040Continue reading More About Mastery, Depth and High Attainers