A very brief response to Michael Merrick’s post regarding the power and curriculum

At the end of his extremely interesting and illuminating post, Michael Merrick challenges the reader for a more radical account of the nature of curriculum… here is a brief sketch of my offering: People often talk about schools or teachers delivering the curriculum, as if the curriculum is something or a collection of things that… Continue reading A very brief response to Michael Merrick’s post regarding the power and curriculum

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Ofsted and accountability: a radical suggestion

Despite their best efforts, Ofsted frameworks will never be good enough; we need a radical rethink of how we hold teachers accountable. There is a paradox at the heart of Ofsted. On the one hand Ofsted’s defenders claim that its frameworks and handbooks are not prescriptive – after all they do not say precisely how… Continue reading Ofsted and accountability: a radical suggestion

Conceptual confusion in edu-twitter discussion: Definitions de re vs. de dicto

(The following is [when correct] largely taken from my reading of the work of P. M. S. Hacker; where it is wrong, it is entirely mine.) Many discussions on edu-twitter appear to begin in media res, that is, the initial missteps that caused the tension have already occurred. Twitter’s format is not conducive to then… Continue reading Conceptual confusion in edu-twitter discussion: Definitions de re vs. de dicto

Education as a sacrament [4/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the last. The… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [4/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Education as a sacrament [3/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the third.… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [3/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Education as a sacrament [2/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the second.… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [2/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Education as a sacrament [1/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

Please note: these are just notes that I wrote for my own benefit for the talk. They are incomplete, poorly cited, and the grammar is slovenly, but I was asked to put them online and I've not had time to tidy them up. I've divided them into four parts, of which this is the first.… Continue reading Education as a sacrament [1/4] (preparatory notes for my talk at ResearchED Malmö)

When Plato met Damian Hinds…

(This was first published in the TES: https://www.tes.com/news/when-plato-met-damian-hinds) This week, Socrates’ pupil, Plato and Damian Hinds discuss the concept of freedom in the education system Plato:    Secretary of State!? Do you have a moment? DH:         Plato, hello! What are you doing here? It’s 2pm on a Friday, shouldn’t you be in school? P:            Yes, but… Continue reading When Plato met Damian Hinds…

When Socrates met the Multi-Academy Trust CEO… in which Socrates and the CEO discuss the virtues of a good school

An edited version of this was originally published on the TES: https://www.tes.com/news/when-socrates-met-multi-academy-trust-ceo   MAT CEO:           Socrates, welcome to Big-Boat Multi-Academy Trust. As you know, due to your recent poor Ofsted inspection, your joining our trust has been mandated by the DfE. The aim of this meeting is to enable you to learn a bit about… Continue reading When Socrates met the Multi-Academy Trust CEO… in which Socrates and the CEO discuss the virtues of a good school