Participatory Budgeting in Schools #2; Progressive Traditionalism?

At first glance, Participatory Budgeting would seem to fit snugly into the left-wing, child-empowering, progressive fold. At second glance, you might say that it sits equally well with the competition-driven Dragon's Den of standard neo-liberal Enterprise Education.  But, like Katharina Birbalsingh, Participatory Budgeting defies categorisation and, as such, could open a liminal space for a... Continue Reading →

The VNET Curriculum Conference beyond the What & the How #1

Ofsted's lead researcher. A unicorn in red. An inclusion specialist off his meds. A flute playing chemistry professor. A grand old man. Some philosopher-CEOs. And a teacher with digital traction in New York, Tyne & Wear. What do they have in common? Well, aside from the fact that they spoke at Friday's VNET Curriculum Conference? I personally felt... Continue Reading →

Speak of the Devil: When conference themes come calling

You know you have not wasted your time at a conference when you refer to it the next day. Thus is the case with yesterday's event at King's Centre in Norwich.   [4 minutes to read] I had many a thought-provoking experience at the VNET Curriculum Conference and was planning to unpick them in clever, thematic posts.... Continue Reading →

Exclusive Inclusion; A Dialogue from the Isolation Booth…

On the precarious balance between the rights of disruptive pupils to develop academically and personally and their classmates' right to not get punched in the face. It may not be as difficult social media make it seem. [4 minutes to read] Take the recent high profile Twitter controversy around exclusion and isolation: When Fakenham Junior School *... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on CPD accreditation #2; Missing the (quality) mark

Risk assessment: Why the Chartered College's CPD Quality Assurance project might have a negative effect on the value and variety of CPD available to schools. [5 minutes to read] Any quality assurance scheme in education faces a number of serious challenges before even getting off the ground which, if left untackled, could inadvertently lead to... Continue Reading →

Ofsted & The Co-Creative conversation

No public body seems more hated and reviled by its stakeholders than Ofsted. And the vitriolic twitter comments on last week's well-being survey are nursery rhymes compared to the language used in private. Because education profoundly effects our lives from, well, EYFS to the grave, Ofsted's work should be defined by its commitment to transparency,... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on CPD accreditation #1; Consultation or Conversation?

The Chartered College of Teaching's new CPD Quality Assurance project is a one-shot-only opportunity to get everyone talking effectively. This article is a call to increase stakeholder involvement. [3 minutes to read] As a teacher trainer, I have a vested interest in any initiative around CPD accreditation and I was very pleased to receive an invitation to... Continue Reading →

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