Context is King. #shortblog


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Just a quick observation: In our educational discourse, we make too many generalisations about a wide range of issues that ignore the context in which people operate.  I’m visiting schools all over the country and I’ve worked in lots of types of schools – it’s an inescapable fact that the specific context in which we operate makes a massive difference to priorities and perceptions.

On behaviour, discipline, ethos etc – you have schools where the default levels of behaviour, self-regulation and interpersonal relationships are extremely high compared to  somewhere else.  In one place, everyone breezes around in a calm atmosphere with virtually no observable enforcement required;  elsewhere, behaviour can never be taken for granted and there is intense enforcement and supervision at all times.  A discussion of a ‘no excuses’ ethos, inclusion/exclusion and behaviour-related stress and workload are going to be radically different in each place.   I…

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