This is not one of those too noisy rooms,
Where students squawk and warble all day long.
Instead, it has the affect of a tomb,
Pens’ sullen scrape the only kind of song. Continue reading “Invigilation”

Richard Branson Wants to Limit Education

Richard Branson has thoughts about education. He’s undoubtedly a very successful man, and one with an interesting and fresh perspective on the topic, but I disagree with almost every single thing he suggests. Continue reading “Richard Branson Wants to Limit Education”

Eliminate the Negatives – Sharing Experiences in Education

Twitter is in uproar (once again) about education. Another “Secret Teacher” article came out, this one about an NQT who didn’t have a particularly positive experience.  Continue reading “Eliminate the Negatives – Sharing Experiences in Education”

Passing the Buck in Education

I normally find myself in agreement with The Guardian’s “Secret Teacher” column. With last week’s article, though, I really don’t. It’s not that I think it isn’t well-intentioned, but it concedes ground that shouldn’t be conceded. Continue reading “Passing the Buck in Education”

World Book Day and Reading Aloud

It was World Book Day recently , a day which does not figure much in the consciousness of anyone except the over-worked librarians of secondary schools.

Ideally, it should be a day in which people all over the world come together to celebrate the “uniquely portable magic” of books. It should be a day filled with competitions and conversations and reading and recommendations. On that day, everyone should be talking about books – what they look for in a book, what their favourite book is, et cetera.

In actuality, it is a much less notable affair. Across the UK, at least, it passes mostly unremarked, save in bookshops and schools. Children are given book tokens (redeemable for special World Book Day books, some of which are kind of awesome – I have a copy of Cloud Wolfpurchased with such a token), and some schools have fancy dress days: come as your favourite book character, or as any character by a particular author. Continue reading “World Book Day and Reading Aloud”