Author Archives: suecowley

A Child Called It

Just before Christmas, Ofsted published a suite of materials on curriculum, ahead of the consultation on their new Inspection Framework. One of the videos isĀ  on ‘Early Reading’ and it features Ofsted’s Regional Director for the South West – Bradley … Continue reading

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The Medium and the Message

Just before Christmas, Ofsted published a series of short videos on YouTube about their proposed new Education Inspection Framework, with specific reference to the focus they are going to be putting on Curriculum in future inspections. The Framework is going … Continue reading

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Joining the Dots

At the same time as testing increases and we put ever more pressure on children to achieve high academic results we see rising rates of poor mental health in young people. At the same time as schools are being put … Continue reading

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In Partnership

One of the key elements of being in EYFS is that we work in partnership with our parents and families. This phase is about the care, learning and development of the children who attend our settings. Small children have many … Continue reading

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Navigate the World

It’s muddy in the forest So we have to wear our boots. That’s the way you do it! First right foot and then left foot. The forecast is for rain So we’ll wear coveralls for luck. And pack up our … Continue reading

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The Power

“Just give me, give me, give me the power And I’ll make them bleed” Suede I’m a big fan of silence in classrooms for when teachers are teaching, when children are writing, or when a student is addressing the whole … Continue reading

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Advice for NQTs

Do not do the things I did Try not to shout at a class of kids Smile if you want on the very first day Don’t send kids out early to play. Explain what you need, children want to know … Continue reading

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