10 key findings for secondary school teachers from TALIS 2018 – Education Datalab blog

With findings on pay, working hours, job satisfaction and CPD

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10 key findings for primary school teachers from TALIS 2018 – Education Datalab blog

With findings on pay, working hours, job satisfaction and CPD

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Demography not geography – Education Datalab blog

Why it’s important to look at pupil characteristics when comparing outcomes in different areas

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Governors and curriculum matters

Governing Matters

On 11th June 2019 governors (Jo Penn, Jane Owen,  Fee Stag and I) attended “Curriculum Thinking: Three Masterclasses which had presentations from Mary Myatt,Tom Sherrington and John Tomsett. I would like to thank Mary, Tom and John for inviting. As we self-fund most of our CPD, this generous invitation was greatly appreciated. I am going to write about what I think will be of interest to governors.

The first presentation was by the wonderful Mary. She started by saying that wrong priorities and focusing on SATs had resulted in a narrow curriculum. I would urge governors to ask questions around the curriculum offer. Are you sure your school is offering broad and balanced curriculum? All children deserve to be taught a rich, broad and balanced curriculum and governors can ensure this by asking questions of our school leaders. As governors are you certain…

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Making a Knowledge Organiser in English Literature: A case study | The Goldfish Bowl

Designing a knowledge organiser is a difficult task and there are multiple decisions that affect their construction. They are complex but the idea behind this post is simple: Here is a Knowledge…

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Why I think the education system is to blame for our pathetic politicians.

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It seems to be a rare point of national consensus that our politicians are failing us, even if we disagree on how. It might seem very unfair to criticise people who put themselves forward for the thankless task of trying to keep everyone on-side in a disparate nation of sixty-plus million individuals, but my views on this have changed, and I suspect many other people’s have too.

In the past, I accepted the notion that those in charge generally had the best interests of the nation at heart, even when I profoundly disagreed with their chosen means of delivering them. I am no longer sure that that is the case: we seem to have a generation of politicians who are too torn between doing their democratic job, and preserving the considerable personal benefits that derive from doing that within the British political system; it should not be a dilemma. That…

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Teacher recruitment and retention matters

Governing Matters

On 8th June 2019 I attended #BrewEdEssex This event was organised by Vic Goddard, Jean Louis Dutaut, Dean Boddington and John Bryant. The theme as teacher recruitment and retention. I’m very grateful to the organisers for letting me speak at this event and talk about the role governors can play in this. My slides from my session are below. I’m also adding a few lines of explanation so the slides make sense to those who weren’t there in person.

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Before we go on to discuss the role governors can play in recruitment and retention, a bit of back ground about who we are and what we do. Exact data isn’t available but there are around 250,000 of us. As we are legally not allowed to be paid, this makes us one of the largest volunteer forces in England.

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We have three core functions.

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