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by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: State schools too 'under the cosh' to match our success
Replies: 0
Views: 1590

State schools too 'under the cosh' to match our success

State schools too 'under the cosh' to match our success - Dragon school head Head of prep school where actors including Tom Hiddlestone and Hugh Laurie were educated says state institutions are forced to focus too much on exams http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/mar/31/dragon-school-head-regu...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Toddlers 'need early years teachers in nurseries'
Replies: 0
Views: 1633

Toddlers 'need early years teachers in nurseries'

Toddlers 'need early years teachers in nurseries' Every nursery in England should have a qualified early years teacher to help toddlers develop skills like speech and language, a children's charity says. Save the Children says pre-schoolers can be "set back decades" if their brains are not adequatel...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:59 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 7536

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Every school will be forced to become an academy, Government to announce

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 32466.html
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Good Teachers
Replies: 0
Views: 1468

Good Teachers

I’m a sucker for a good teacher, modern or old school
I believe teaching is the most criminally undervalued of all professions

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/i-m ... 29331.html
by JIM CURRAN
Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:39 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks
Replies: 6
Views: 2892

Re: Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks

New primary school tests discriminate against dyslexic pupils, say teachers The government’s “pedantic” new spelling tests for primary school children will stifle creativity and discriminate against pupils with dyslexia, teachers and campaigners have warned. The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) sa...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'
Replies: 20
Views: 7536

Re: 'Becoming an academy does not insulate you from decline'

Academy chains come under fire from Ofsted chief England’s largest academy chains have “serious weaknesses” as bad as the local authorities they were intended to replace, Sir Michael Wilshaw has told the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, in strong criticism of the government’s flagship school impro...
by JIM CURRAN
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives
Replies: 3
Views: 1962

Re: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

Advice for the next Ofsted chief: it’s time to scrap your job Andrew Morrish worked as a schools inspector until he was told off for speaking his mind, and resigned. Now he is free to say whatever he likes … http://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/mar/08/next-ofsted-chief-inspector-schools-job-hea...
by JIM CURRAN
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:41 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives
Replies: 3
Views: 1962

Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives

Should we scrap Ofsted? The pros, cons and alternatives The inspectorate has been widely criticised for demoralising teachers and stagnating school improvement. Is it time to ditch the watchdog? What else might work? http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/mar/06/scrap-ofsted-pros-cons-alter...
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks
Replies: 6
Views: 2892

Re: Dyslexic employee wins discrimination case against Starbucks

This website shows what it's like to read when you have dyslexia A new website has attempted to emulate the symptoms of dyslexia, and it's going to make your head hurt. The website, created by Victor Widell, jumbles letters in words to try and recreate how dyslexia manifests for some people. http://...
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Nature or Nurture
Replies: 0
Views: 1468

Nature or Nurture

Radio 4's Start the Week 'Nature or Nurture?' fascinating and well worth the listen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006r9xr
by JIM CURRAN
Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:22 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Huge shortfall in teachers
Replies: 4
Views: 2193

Re: Huge shortfall in teachers

UK schools suffering as new teachers 'flock abroad', warns chief inspector The staffing crisis in schools is being exacerbated by an exodus of newly qualified teachers who are “flocking abroad” to work in the rapidly growing international sector, including branches of England’s elite public schools,...
by JIM CURRAN
Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: Lily Cole challenges MPs on illiteracy
Replies: 0
Views: 1268

Lily Cole challenges MPs on illiteracy

Thanks to Fiona Nevola for highlighting this piece. Lily Cole challenges MPs on illiteracy Baron Bird, founder of the Big Issue magazine, also spoke of the vital social significance of literacy, at an event promoting the campaign in Parliament. It allowed people to take charge of their lives and gav...
by JIM CURRAN
Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'US search' for next Ofsted head
Replies: 3
Views: 1458

Re: 'US search' for next Ofsted head

Secret Teacher: I see Ofsted for what it is – a purposeless farce I love my job and don’t want to waste energy resenting aspects of it, so my new approach to inspections is: don’t panic and never ask for feedback http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/feb/20/secret-teacher-see-ofsted-for-wh...
by JIM CURRAN
Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: General Forum
Topic: 'US search' for next Ofsted head
Replies: 3
Views: 1458

Re: 'US search' for next Ofsted head

Thanks Debbie, unfortunately it's a disaster waiting to happen, alarm bells are already ringing.