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Episode 120: An agenda of the superlatives

Well we are back after our longest summer break ever! Matthew has started a new job in a new area of Scotland and as a result has been separated from his beloved bandwidth due to temporary midweek digs. Matthew is now using a wireless broadband card and tonight was our first experiment with it.

The episode naturally started with a love-in between the two old podcasting lags who had missed each other…awww!

And finished with recollections of Graham Finnie explaining CFE and Scottish Education to Steve as an “agenda of superlatives”:

Image from Meer on Flickr under Creative Commons.

 

Actual content was eventually forthcoming:

The OECD and PISA bringing worrying news of literacy levels to English educators:

Boosting skills essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being, says OECD

http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/boosting-skills-essential-for-tackling-joblessness-and-improving-well-being.htm

England’s young people near bottom of global league table for basic skills. OECD finds 16- to 24-year-olds have literacy and numeracy levels no better than those of their grandparents’ generation:

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/08/england-young-people-league-table-basic-skills-oecd

Education in England: sliding down the class
Guardian Editorial
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/08/education-england-oecd-report

 

Some new Scottish approaches to data comparison for secondaries:

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6363083

A pair of Free-School disaster stories reinforcing Steve’s concerns:

Al-Madinah free school threatened with closure By James Meilke in the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/08/al-madinah-free-school-closure-threat-derby

London free school headteacher with no teaching qualifications quits
By Rajeev Sayal

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/09/free-school-head-no-teaching-qualifications-leaves-job

A piece about the parts of the Finnish experience that don’t fit our governmental agenda:

Paradoxes of educational improvement: The Finnish experience, Pasi Sahlberg: Scottish Educational Review

http://www.scotedreview.org.uk/view_issue.php?id=43[1]

The pain of glow 2 delivery continues for Mike Russell and the Scottish Government:

http://mimanifesto.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/rhetoric-and-spin/

Guy Claxton challenges Scots Curriculum on “primitive language”:

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6363085

Episode 119: Which Authority Matthew?

Matthew begins in fine style with a senior moment when he momentarily forgets which authority our esteemed guest is a Director in. We are delighted to be joined by Margo Williamson,”Strategic Director of People” for Angus who  shares her wisdom about leadership in general.  A delightful conversation that could have gone on longer.

A couple of news items that are linked through the theme of rethinking structures and systems: plans to let schools decide holiday and term dates in England, various links to the story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23145179

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23129472

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-23146620

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11536678

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/jul/01/michael-gove-school-summer-holiday

Also discussed: should schools start lessons for some pupils at 10 am?

 

Episode 118: “I for one welcome our new leaders”

A really stimulating and highly enjoyable conversation tonight as Matthew and Steve are joined by the enormous collective wisdom of our guests: Literacy Adviser, Bill Boyd, The Real David Cameron, and Laurie O’Donnell.  Amongst the wide ranging big picture conversation on current education policy and learning, we get to discuss the report: “By Diverse Means” link here

Bill’s blog is really worth following up; item on New York Times look at Scottish Education: link here

Some of the other item links can be found at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/10118382/Are-teachers-doing-the-best-for-the-best-pupils.html

http://www.universetoday.com/103056/arkyd-telescope-reaches-1m-goal-but-still-looking-for-planet-hunting-funds/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23052775

 

Episode 117 A Few Good Podcasts

Tonight we join Radio Edutalk for a live programme.  A fascinating conversation about education podcasting and what Edutalk and insidelearning are trying to do.  The programme went out live on Edutalk, we recorded it for our podcast.

John’s blog: “World Wide Wall Display” here

Episode 116: Driller killer

The hosts of insidelearning decide they are not good with calendars and mess up again with dates -our fault.  Edutalk live is next week! Never mind, a stimulating conversation ensues about this week’s news items.

Schools Direct -changes to teacher education.  Links here and here and here.  Plus link to Scotland’s review of teacher education here

Of course the big news is the GCSE reforms: “Michael Gove unveils GCSE reforms” Richard Adams in the Guardian, BBC story: GCSEs: “Gove pledges ‘challenging’ exam changes’ by Sean Coughlan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22841266

David Wolfe’s “Can of Worms” blog

“Bring back polytechnics, argues higher education report” By Judith Burns http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22818497

Emily Duggan in The Independent: “Wave goodbye to another parenting myth: Children whose mothers go out to work do not suffer academically”

Twit Triangulation netcast with Howard Rheingold

 

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