Putting my oar into the knowledge versus skills debate

I wrote this a while ago, on a different blog. After re-reading it, I find I’m still in agreement with its sentiment. Nearly everything I read on my Twitter feed these days seems to be connected, in one way or another, to the knowledge versus skills debate that is currently raging in certain educational circles. […]

Educational Jargon

Many, many years ago, no doubt inspired by having watched too many episodes of ‘Dynasty’, I aspired to be a big shot in business. I saw myself strutting into boardrooms and negotiating impressive deals (wearing the sharpest of business suits). With this in the back of my mind, I enrolled on an MBA course (a […]

Curriculum musings

In my last blog I talked about how the educational landscape has changed beyond recognition since my own days at school. Most subjects, except perhaps for art, maths and science, have very altered curricula and pedagogy. I think maths, because of its nature, is much harder to turn into a skills-based subject, and so it […]

Having to win the argument all over again

In a speech last June, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, talked about the importance of a market economy with strong growth and remarked “I thought that we had won that argument. But I learnt in the general election that we had not.” These words come to mind when I consider some of the […]

Grumpy Old Woman Rant

It’s hot. I’m feeling grumpy. I’m old(ish). This is my rant. There is nothing of any educational or historical value here, so feel free to move on if that’s what you’re looking for. What’s with all these 4×4 vehicles in the middle of the city? My road is teeming with them, the whole neighbourhood has […]

ResearchEd Rugby, my takeaways (part 3)

Session 3: Martin Robinson Next, I attended Martin Robinson’s talk which focused on “the conversational classroom”. I’m not finding it quite so easy to summarise this particular talk because there was a lot covered (cognitive overload) and no clear structure (could have done with some dual coding to help organise the information more). So here […]

ResearchEd Rugby, my takeaways (part 2)

Debate: “Education Matters” After session 1, it was time for a panel discussion rather than a debate, with Andrew Old, David Didau, Tom Sherrington and Karen Wespieser discussing Ofsted, MATs and the role of research in education. My main takeaways from the discussion were: Under the leadership of Amanda Spielman, Ofsted is moving away from […]

ResearchEd Rugby, my takeaways (part 1)

I was undecided at first whether or not to go to ResearchEd, which took place today in Rugby. It meant an early start on a Saturday morning for one thing, but I’m temporarily a lady of leisure so I can take the hit and catch up with my sleep later on in the week. I […]