Author Archives: suecowley

A Critical Friend

It’s very interesting to see feedback getting so much attention as a concept in education at the moment. It’s lovely to see so many examples of teachers using critique in such complex and intelligent ways. Unfortunately for me, though, the … Continue reading

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Kindness is Power

Power is a funny old thing. It’s thrilling to have, but I definitely wouldn’t want too much of it. As a writer I love it when the words that I use turn out to have power. If I’m lucky they … Continue reading

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An Attitude of Mind

I mostly let debates about creativity wash over me, because these days this is one bit of learning where I’d rather be doing the thing, than discussing how it works. I mainly want to know how it happens for me. … Continue reading

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A rainy winter’s night. A shabby office at the DfE. Somewhere near Watford.  Sir John: We’re thinking of rebranding knowledge post Brexit. Jasper: [splutters] Rebranding knowledge? John, surely you’re not serious? Rupert: Not enough workers, Jasper. No one wants to pick … Continue reading

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good (wo)men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke Erm, so what's the thinking behind this? Anyone seen this before @MaryMyatt @nancygedge ?? — Cath Murray (@CathMurray_) October 17, 2017 … Continue reading

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The Blame Game

When Michael Wilshaw was HMCI, he had a very bad habit of announcing his opinions in The Sunday Times. One particularly striking moment was when he called for a “Renaissance of Respect” in the nation’s schools, which first of all … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities

Once upon a time there were two cities, which sat on either side of a wide river plain, with a yellow river running like a cross of gold between them. The city on the south side of the river was … Continue reading

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