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Kiran Gill (@dkgill) is a freelance policy researcher and education consultant. These are her individual views.
I have to admit to being an education conference sceptic. I often attend events like the Wellington Festival – a pricey ticketed event, held in the middle of term time– with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. A chip in the shape of all the hard-working colleagues I left at the coal-face when I moved from the classroom to educational policy...
Vince Cable has today requested a full consultation into the ACAS code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures and this consultation is very much welcomed by Edapt.
It is fundamental that all employees are treated equally under any disciplinary, grievance or legal process. 74% of people, in the UK, are not union members
The Department for Education have recently launched The Workload Challenge, a consultation designed to collect your views on what you think wastes your time, and what the government, schools and others should be doing to reduce unnecessary and unproductive workload.
Contact them directly and give them your views on workload....
Nothing is more annoying than arguing with non-school people about teachers’ holidays and hours. I’ve lost count of the time I’ve sat in a pub defending myself against the usual charges of “But you finish at 3pm” and “What do you need all those holidays for anyway?”
As teachers across the land are heading back to school, the new term resolutions take hold. “From tomorrow I will mark all books, plan well in advance, design my room to be fit for a king, will 100%, for definite and forever, keep on top of homeworks.”
How can teacherly good intentions be maintained rather than lost in the new-term onslaught?
Standing in the staffroom, clutching cups of coffee and chatting over toast is a rare but precious past time in the average school. When we aren’t frantically running around juggling the fifteen million little jobs that often need doing at break time, we may enjoy a brief chat with fellow exhausted colleagues. During such times, it’s really easy to slip into...
To be a McDonald’s floor manager you have to pass 3 exams; to be a teacher, if trends continue, you won’t have to pass anything. How Michael Gove has looked at the problems of our education system and came to the conclusion: “You know what would solve this? Less training among teachers” is entirely beyond me. A far more sensible approach would be...
With the recent announcement of the proposed Royal College of Teaching we asked Laura McInerney for her views on the rules of education reform.
Last night I had a dream about a faceless nameless education secretary. In the dream I invited him to watch a play I was directing. The play was three hours long, but I assured him that despite length it was spectacular enough to be life-changing...
Whilst education remains a political football, the government on one team and the unions on the other, our system will never reach its collective goal. If the Secretary of State is honest about making it his goal to free education policy from political interference, our unions should be equally determined to make it their goal to do the same...
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 their underlying political bias, do nothing but damage to the perception of the teaching profession, its reputation and its morale.
"In this great universe, it is entirely possible that things can be owned by everybody, nobody or somebody. But what I can’t work out for the life of me is Who owns teachers?" We asked LKMCo's Laura McInerney to give us her thoughts about teacher professionalism and voice in the current school climate.
Tristram Hooley, Reader in Career Development at the University of Derby makes an argument in his piece in The Guardian that "there is now the chance to make careers an integral part of education." I fear that this flies in the face of his final thought with which I agree whole-heartedly: "Careers education … [is]about realising the potential and nourishing the dreams of the next generation."
February saw announcements in relation to GCSE reform and school accountability measures as well as the publication of national curriculum reforms leading to important consultations for teachers.
Over the past few days, there have been press stories about noise in the House of Commons and the demise of the English Baccalaureate Certificate as a new qualification to replace GCSEs. I want to be a cabinet minister and change the country for the better, but I fear that is not possible, and here’s why...
January was a busy month in education policy. This update highlights some of the key reports and announcements, including the Academies Commission report, the report of the Education Select Committee on the EBC proposals and the proposed A level reforms.
Sometimes, I read about changes in education policy, and I see the direction in which the system is being driven, and I get depressed. But... reading the Academies Commission report filled me with a glimmer of hope. I was not expecting this to happen; I sat down to read it prepared to be irritated, but now feel cautiously optimistic.
As 2012 drew to a close, December saw policy announcements relating to pay reform for teachers, FE colleges enrolling 14-16 year olds, and Primary Grammar tests. Other factors that may influence policy include the findings of Timss and Pirls and the GCSE judicial review.
Today I’ve eaten a chocolate croissant, a piece of Christmas cake, a roast and 3 mince pies, and it is only 3pm. I love Christmas. Come January though, I like many others will be considering eating less and exercising more. What on earth has this to do with education? It won’t have escaped your attention that the primary school SATs results came out this week, and that league tables were published...
According to announcements today teachers’ pay is going to be de-centralised and performance based, the proposed delivery of this being through all schools being given complete flexibility to pay teachers anywhere within the current pay band and scrapping of what is often seen as automatic...
November has seen announcements to changes in policy for both primary and secondary schools, from the use of calculators to the qualifications that will be included in league tables.
At the London Festival of Education on Saturday, Michael Gove sparked consternation among the audience when he claimed that without assessment, education is 'just play.' Parsi Sahlberg later explained that in Finland there is strong consensus that 'play' is an important part of a child's development. This TED talk, explaining the five dangerous things children should be allowed to do, reveals some of the complexity of the relationship between play, learning and assessment.
October has seen the Labour Party and Conservative Party Conferences, an announcement on tougher tests for teachers, leaked information about the curriculum review, and Education Questions in the House of Commons.
The three main political party conferences in September and October 2012 all featured speeches on education. These wordle's highlight the similarities and differences between the parties and their priortities in education.
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