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About fish64

Full time teacher for over 30 years - last 9 years as Head of Department. Broadly traditional - I support the idea of core knowledge - but disagree with scripted lessons! All views my own

Covid catch up funding – a tutor’s perspective

Originally posted on fish64:
There has been a huge row over the difference between the amount of money apparently recommended by Sir Kevan Collins (£15 billion) and the £1.4 billion allocated by the government. But as a tutor delivering Covid…

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Why experienced teachers can get cynical and what might be done about it – some thoughts

Originally posted on fish64:
Now I am nearing the end of my career, I tend to look back more frequently than before. I would like to start with some things which, if not introduced properly, can make experienced teachers very…

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I don’t do touchy feely happy clappy. Does that make me a bad teacher?

Originally posted on fish64:
As we all get used to working from home, I am beginning to feel uneasy. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel under ever growing pressure to show what a wonderfully caring teacher I am. I…

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If we don’t like the Ebacc, what should it be replaced with?

Originally posted on fish64:
This is a summary of a talk given at BuffetEd on Feb 8th 2020. There is a lot of opposition to the government’s Ebacc measure in the UK education world. Basically, there seem to be 3…

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Why I have a problem with PiXL

Originally posted on fish64:
It is difficult to criticise the educational philosophy of an organisation without hurting people. I know there are good people in PiXL. I am sure Sir John Rowling is a good person. I know he has…

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Textbooks are the answer to the teacher autonomy question

Originally posted on fish64:
“Fish is simply great – best teacher in the school” “Fish isn’t cut out for teaching and lessons were unbelievably dull” In nearly 30 years of teaching, I have heard the full range of comments about…

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Tech in teaching

Originally posted on fish64:
Back in the early 1990s, I was told by my then headteacher that technology would bring about an end to excuses for not doing homework (forgetting book etc). I would be setting the homework online and…

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If shy kids find MFL torture, something is wrong

Originally posted on fish64:
I came across a tweet recently which saddened me. “For shy kids, MFL can feel like torture”. This was then used as an argument for ditching the opportunity to learn a second foreign language in school and…

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Stop MFL decline? Not just one thing to do, but many

Originally posted on fish64:
As an MFL teacher and head of department, I am naturally interested when something like the following appears. In response, we usually get a flurry of tweets proposing solutions to the problem of declining language take…

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Secondary curriculum design – let’s standardise the basics first

Originally posted on fish64:
Ofsted’s focus on the curriculum seems to have thrown up two contrasting views, roughly equating to a trad/prog split, on what the ideal secondary curriculum should look like. I have enjoyed reading both viewpoints and deciding…

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