Tonight we are joined by Louisa Hussey, acting headteacher of a Nottinghamshire primary school. Louisa is a passionate and committed teacher with a lot of insight and makes a wonderful guest. Although the technology did its best to ruin the conversation, we have hopefully pieced together a really interesting programme.
We start with some further reflections on last weeks PISA given that commentators are looking at it from different angles. For example, The Primary Review, “PISA 2012: Time To Grow Up?” by The Cambridge Primary Review Trust. Plus, education journalist Warwick Mansell on the NAHT site. “Pisa: Debunking some of the more questionable claims”
See also A Charter for Primary Education.
Matthew scares us with a story about the advocacy of beating your child: “Child ‘training’ book triggers backlash” on the BBC site, journalist Aidan Lewis.
Steve introduces Louisa and Matthew to Nel Noddings and the ethic of care approach. An article reviewing the pedagogy of care:
Andrea Velasquez, Richard West, Charles Graham,Richard Osguthorpe “Developing caring relationships in schools: a review of the research on caring and nurturing pedagogies” Review of Education 1, (2) 162 – 190
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Louisa talks about the rather depressed mood in schools given the perverse incentives and binds of the inspection system in England. However, Lousia finishes on a bright note talking about pedagogical developments that are exciting her, involving a network of schools ,with the theme of “Talk less teaching”. The focus is on better questioning skills and seems to parallel the flipped classroom ideas we have discussed previously.
Matthew gives a plug to Strathclyde students who are leading their CPD; they will be appearing on a future podcast to talk about their work.