• Achieving the early childhood panacea: the missing link…

    Achieving the early childhood panacea: the missing link…

    Over the past two decades there has been substantial political interest and expansion of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services. Whether this be private nurseries, the voluntary sector or the maintained sector, such as schools and children’s centres. From September 2017, the entitlement to funded provision, introduced in the Childcare Act 2016, will rise […]

  • How to get the best from practical work

    How to get the best from practical work

    Practical work is, again, in the science education spotlight, with findings from a recent Wellcome Trust study suggesting that recent changes to assessment at GCSE are leading to more and more pupils missing out on practical work in science.  The fact that science is, as the report states, an inherently practical subject, increases the mystifying […]

  • Access to A level Further Mathematics: it matters and it’s at risk for many

    Access to A level Further Mathematics: it matters and it’s at risk for many

    Recently, A level league tables were published alongside secondary league tables. No surprise that independent schools continue to be at the top or that there are big differences in performance in different areas of the country. But it is not just performance that varies considerably – so does access to doing A levels and that […]

  • Terraced House or Terrorist House?  What effect will the Prevent Duty have on trainee teachers and teacher educators in higher education?

    Terraced House or Terrorist House? What effect will the Prevent Duty have on trainee teachers and teacher educators in higher education?

    The first phrase highlighted above is not a SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) test question, but rather a phrase overheard in a primary school classroom that led to a ten year old boy and his family being questioned by the police earlier this year. This is not an isolated occurrence, with similar stories in the […]

  • Knowledge organisers, cognitive science, tiger teachers and Michaela.  Beyond the pale, or part of our ITE future?

    Knowledge organisers, cognitive science, tiger teachers and Michaela. Beyond the pale, or part of our ITE future?

    Last week I taught geography for the first time since the current National Curriculum was implemented (note to self – do fewer meetings but do more teaching and research as Head of Department). The topic was rivers; the student group BA primary; the module assignment was to create a primary classroom learning environment to facilitate […]

  • PISA: Stories of Science

    A couple of weeks ago the results of the latest PISA global education survey were released.  The PISA survey happens every three years, and measures the skills and knowledge of 28 million 15-year-olds across the world in science, mathematics, reading, problem solving and financial literacy.  PISA is seen as a vital measure of education policy.  […]

  • Let’s make it a happy Christmas for disabled  families

    Let’s make it a happy Christmas for disabled families

    It has recently been reported in the media that 28000 low income families who care for a disabled child have been underpaid via tax credits since 2011. For the poorest and most challenged families this means a total loss in income of £20000. The money was not paid to families in part because of a […]

  • A good day to write ‘that’ blog

    A good day to write ‘that’ blog

    Today seems like a good day to write ‘that’ blog. As the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET) twitter feed pings away after a busy day at the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) conference yesterday, the mixed feelings I have about the direction of travel in the gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, […]

  • Responding to complexity: a new third tier for school based education

    Responding to complexity: a new third tier for school based education

    Change has become a constant in the English school education system. A major driver has, and for the moment continues to be, the Government’s on-going strategy for a school-led self-improving system which incorporates a number of new, and relatively new, organisational structures and influential roles. In no particular order these include the office of Regional […]

  • Warning: May contain nuts. The role of lectures in student learning

    Warning: May contain nuts. The role of lectures in student learning

    It was about fifteen minutes after take-off and I was offered a thimble full of diet Coke and a postage stamp size packet of peanuts. Despite the minuscule size of the packet of peanuts, emblazoned across it was the statement ‘Warning: may contain nuts’. This worried me on two levels: firstly as a packet of […]

Got any book recommendations?