Author Archives: suecowley

The Wrong Sort of Child

Do not apply to come to our school If you cannot comply with every rule And if your child has SEND We’re not the place for them to be. There’s another school just up the road And we don’t plan … Continue reading

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Expected Standard

I’m not Expected Standard There’s lots I do not know The Government checked my learning And decided it was low. The grown ups think I’m stupid They think I do not see That some kids find school easier And learning … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Knowledge

“Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984 When I was a child, I believed in two things that later on (to my complete astonishment) turned out to be incorrect. I … Continue reading

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The Firmest Foundations

“No sitting at desks, we are too busy playing No testing or labelling, hear what we’re saying Be brave and be bold, make the firmest foundations Build a garden! Take pride in the joy of creation.” There is something magical … Continue reading

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If You Build It

I wanted to share a short story with you It may sound unreal but I promise it’s true So here is my poem on how the outdoors Can become an inspiring unstoppable force. It was ten years ago I became … Continue reading

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A Bad Idea

I’m finding it impossible to narrow down all the reasons why the baseline test is a bad idea, so I didn’t bother. Here’s my starter for ten. Feel free to add more in the comments. 1. It takes the class … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror

According to Damian Hinds (and various friends of the DfE) there are a handful of reasons for the slight recruitment and retention hiccup currently troubling a couple of England’s schools, and Damian has a list of handy ways to solve … Continue reading

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