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 →

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 →

Oracy is brilliant! (But you *do* need someone to talk to…)

Earlier this year, Paul Warwick from Oracy Cambridge and Beccy Earnshaw from Voice21 gave a ‘double-header’ presentation for The Brilliant Club at the UCL Institute of Education in London. Especially secondary schools and colleges desiring students to engage more with education and life alike, this is a must read. I have taken the liberty here of retrofitting... 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 →

Private or Comprehensive education; not either/or thanks to CL

The stranglehold former public-school pupils have on the UK’s top jobs were laid bare today in a hard-hitting report by the Sutton Trust education charity, shows that virtually every key profession is dominated by privately educated pupils snaffling the senior jobs.  From The Independent. Their grip on power is most noticeable in the judiciary, where 74... Continue Reading →

New Video: Vice Principal, 10 weeks into the Skills & Mastery programme

In this short video, Ben Rogers, Vice Principal, discusses Norwich Primary Academy's experience with Skills & Mastery. Norwich Primary Academy, situated in one of the most socially challenged areas of the city, is now using Cooperative Learning to develop key human skills; resilience, mental toughness, sense of duty, service to others - without compromising academic performance.... Continue Reading →

Norwich Primary Academy

I have been doing a great deal of coaching these past weeks before half term. Following sessions with a number of teachers at Norwich Primary Academy, Ms Horne, teacher in Year 3, kindly offered to describe some of her experiences after the first 2 hour block of a tailored Skills & Mastery session. When working... Continue Reading →

Inside out? collaborating introverts

In a recent article in The Atlantic, Michael Godsey claims that the growing emphasis in classrooms on interactive arrangements can be challenging for introverted students who tend to perform better when they are working independently and in more subdued environments. The author argues that such students sometimes appear shy, depressed, or antisocial, when they actually... Continue Reading →

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