Towards a Royal College of Teaching

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As the Royal College of Teaching moves into the next phase of its development, released today is the report in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons: Towards a Royal College of Teaching – raising the status of the profession. Below is Edapt’s contribution to the report: Edapt advocates a Royal College of Teaching and…

Why are you just a teacher?

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This blog post comes from our anonymous blogger working in a secondary school. The other day one of my Year 8 students said something disconcerting: ‘If you’re so smart why didn’t you become a lawyer or a doctor? Why are you just a teacher?’ This ‘just’ has haunted me for weeks. For that little just…

BBC5 Live: Are teaching unions fully representative of their membership?

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Edapt’s CEO John Roberts discusses the proposed strike action with John Dixon from the National Union of Teachers and a host of classroom teachers and parents on BBC 5 Live’s Tony Livesey morning show. Great to hear a teacher commit to subscribing to Edapt live on air. Listen again to the BBC 5 live piece…

Easter conferences: time for teaching unions to resurrect themselves?

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Every Easter the education sector holds its collective breath, waiting for the next politically driven diatribe to be launched from the teaching unions’ conferences.  “It’s not our fault”, comes the cry from the unions, responsibility for our actions lies with the Secretary of State and his political meddling. True in part, but such tirades, and…

Differentiation less daunting

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Emma is a Science teacher in a secondary school in north London. Her views expressed here do not represent the views of Edapt.   The idea of differentiation can be overwhelming and often seems too much to tackle for every lesson with a full teaching schedule. I went to an after school professional development session…

Who owns teachers?

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We asked Laura McInerney to give us her thoughts about teacher professionalism and voice in the current school climate.   Who owns the Moon? Everybody. On 10 October 1967, all major United Nations members signed the Outer Space Treaty stating that from thenceforth all celestial bodies would belong to the “common heritage of mankind”. Two…

What’s the role of ethics in education?

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When we surveyed Edapt subscribers last year, we asked them if there is anything they’d like to see us so differently. One teacher said: “Get us together to create a vision of the perfect education system. Rather than tinkering views here and there, Edapt should stand for something big…” I was reminded of this comment…

Teaching unions: who needs them?

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Taken from the original Independent article published on 06/02/2013. On first encounter, the thing that strikes you about John Roberts is his youthful looks. A keen climber, he has already climbed mountains, scaled previously never-scaled cliff faces and become possibly the youngest assistant headteacher in the country at the age of 24. Now, though, he…