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Episode 115 Let’s dance!

Sweden’s top free schools provider to close, in blow to Education Secretary Michael Gove”  Lewis Smith writing in the Independent: here

“Phonics test ‘accurate but unnecessary” By Katherine Sellgren http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22783399

I-levels replace GCSEs: Gove’s great reform or another bemusing move? Warwick Mansell article and Richards Adams article 

Libraries – the end of books as we know it? Paperless public libraries switch to digital By Bill Hicks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22160990

Up for a laugh, a head true to his word, Penketh High School Head Teacher Does Psy’s Gangnam Style Dance Video: here

 

Episode 114: Neurosceptic

Unfortunately, Alison could not join us tonight, held up by work, so we riff through some topics that catch our eye.  The conversation is dominated by the theme of neuromyths and our forlorn hope that learning styles might have been the route to some pedagogical nirvana.  A journey we undertook in good faith, but there’s only so much bad science a teacher can swallow and remain sane.  The story began with the BBC programme “All In the Mind” that opens with an item about how teachers, through the best of intentions, are purveying a number of neuro mythologies.  The programme is still available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qxx9

Also mentioned is Frank Coffield et al (2004) literature review on learning styles: here

New curriculum workload story in Scotland as reported by the BBC.  Raises question about how innovation and workload and the poverty of our imagination. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-22642217

Episode 113: Only fonicking!

Tonight we are joined in conversation by Louisa Hussey, Acting headteacher of Cropwell Bishop Primary School in Nottinghamshire, England.  Louisa  is a brilliant teacher and passionate about her job, as you can tell from the conversation we have about recent developments in English primary schools.  Phonics teaching features and Matthew reminds us about the old ITA and his experience with it – does this explain a lot?

Also, in the news tonight we discuss:

positive discrimination for encouraging more male teachers into the profession proposed by the NASUWT, story in TESS here

Revision tips -what works? Only 2 main methods apparently.  Summary in this blog and full paper can be downloaded here

Episode 112: “superiors inspect inferiors”

Sir Ken Robinson doing one of his engaging TED talks.  Ken Robinson, TED talk: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

 

 

 

Unfortunately Fearghal is unwell tonight so Matthew and Steve talk through some news stories.  Matthew lays short odds on Steve doing Gove stories, he is not disappointed, and introduces a timer to limit our ramblings.

Does the government really want innovation in free schools? By Rachel Williams in the Guardian

Teachers resistant to CfE’s new thinking, say experts, TES article

Leadership methods ‘stifle innovation’, Keir Bloomer in the TES

Gove’s claims of teenagers’ ignorance harpooned by retired teacher by James Ball, in the Guardian

Jimmy Wales: Boring university lectures ‘are doomed’, by Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent

Summer-born pupils ‘should have exam scores boosted’, by Judith Burns BBC News education reporter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 111: The night the kettle died

Tonight we begin a really interesting conversation with Alison McLoy, DHT at Kirkintilloch High about parental involvement. We say start, since once the conversation began it became apparent that there are still  many questions and avenues to be explored on this theme.  So we look forward to Alison’s return to discuss this further, May 29th.

Good golly, it’s Molly, could be one title for the podcast as we get a puppy interruption as michief Molly jumps on Steve’s lap and chews the headphones, in between planting kisses.

In the news: Headteachers and stress, article by Steven Robbins, in “Educational leadership programmes in the UK: Who cares about the school?”  Management in Education, 27, 2, 50-55

Matthew loses sleep over BBC journalism about sleep deprivation

Barry Schwartz “The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less”

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