Category Archives: Government

Cause for Concern

‘You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time – we live no longer in the … Continue reading

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51 Weeks In the absence of anyone at the DfE being willing to think this one through before announcing it in the press, I am taking a few minutes out of my (thankfully very relaxed) holiday schedule to do it for … Continue reading

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In Her Own Words

This article from the TES suggests that the government plans to implement a baseline test at two and a half years, and a further test at five years. These tests seem designed to test early years settings, teachers and schools for … Continue reading

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An Impossible Choice

This has been a week of blog posts on the subject of what people call ‘accountability’ but what we might also fairly term ‘compliance’. The announcement came last weekend via The Telegraph. A ‘crack down’ on heads ‘cheating’ the system through … Continue reading

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Campaign Notes

Maybe it was nothing to do with me, but Ofsted have just pulled back from the idea of charging parents for their CRB check if they want to volunteer to help run their local preschools. The ‘campaign’ as it was … Continue reading

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Now where did I put my Sock?

Integrity: being honest and having strong moral principles that you refuse to change. On the writers’ forum I frequent, there are regular discussions about how to market books and increase your ‘visibility’ as a writer. Sometimes, brand new forum members … Continue reading

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“Words are loaded pistols.” John-Paul Sartre I’m very partial to words. Not all of them, mind, but many of them. With some words it’s about the sound: extraordinary or incredible or pumpernickel. With other words, it’s about the way it … Continue reading

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The 44 year old Free School

It’s only just occurred to me, in the way that these things do, but I’m actually helping to run a 44 year old free school. The path has not always been smooth, but for the last 44 years there has … Continue reading

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Getting the Teachers to Behave

Dear Michael, Thanks for your email. I’m really sorry to hear that you’re struggling to get your class to do what you want them to. I know just how hard it can be as an NQT, and as you say … Continue reading

Posted in Behaviour, Communication, Flexibility, Government, Motivation, RCoT | 6 Comments

A Spoonful of Sugar?

Call me cynical, call me suspicious, but I do wonder at the timing of this whole Royal College of Teaching idea. At this moment in time there are a lot of things the profession should be very worried about: a … Continue reading

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