Working on the HeppSy+ programme has made me ponder connections between a happy life and the ‘confidence and resilience’ strand also found in the new Character Education framework. [6 minute read] The importance of building confidence and resilience in young adults cannot be overestimated. In a recent mental health survey, the largest ever conducted on... Continue Reading →
Participatory Budgeting in Schools#8: Miss Jones gets education into character at CurriculumEd2019.
Know your Value: An introduction to what I found to be the most impactful session of Saturday's wonderful event. And given that the list of speakers included Sean Harford, Christine Counsell and Clare Sealy, that does say something for Miss Hollie Jones, Lead for SMSC and Character Education at Joseph Leckie Academy. Building restraint -... Continue Reading →
On the Subject of Social Skills#2; Cooperative Learning … and why bad boys love school
Teachers often ask me if Cooperative Learning isn't only relevant in classes which already function socially. The answer is a firm no. On the contrary, Cooperative Learning is specifically a solution to any social problems found within the class. For this very reason, schools with a high level of behaviour issues often stand to benefit... Continue Reading →
Charlie Hebdo revisited in Walsall
The more schools I work with, the more firmly convinced I am the structural approach to Cooperative Learning is that sought-after bridge ...
Burning issues in the RE classroom; morals & the murder Moaz al-Kasasbeh
The sadistic murder of the captured Jordanian fighter pilot is an example of a more general, symptomatic issue related to ISIS, which should be pointed out in classrooms and is useful for staging further enquiry into moral dilemmas. First of all, specifically related to subject matter of Islam, ISIS claims to be fighting to establish the Sharia (Islamic... Continue Reading →
21st Century British Muslim – solved?
I want to thank attendees at yesterdays presentation of 21st Century British Muslim - the solution? and the staff at Date Valley School, London, for providing a venue for the first run of this event for the Association of Muslim Schools. This course is designed for faith schools looking to meet latest requirements related to SMSC, safeguarding and British... Continue Reading →
Charlie’s Angels or Sympathy for the Devils? A full RE lesson plan on the Paris attacks
The following is a scalable, instantly applicable RE lesson plan related to the Paris murders, replete with differentiated sample materials for secondary. It uses Cooperative Learning to foster tightly controlled discussions of controversial materials in a safe environment and includes strategies for assessment, evidence of learning and SMSC integration in compliance with DfE requirements. Elements of the lesson may... Continue Reading →