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A teacher's oath

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,097 views

A couple of years ago I wrote an oath. It was a declaration of my own values as a teacher. Some agreed with it, some hated it. Nobody would ever suggest that others should be made to swear it. We…

How to argue for progressive education

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,064 views

A few weeks back, just after the publication of Progressively Worse, I noticed how few serious attempts there were to argue for progressive education on the basis of anything resembling empirical evidence, or coherent reasoning. Out of frustration, I tweeted a guide to…

Liz Truss’s textbook speech

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,641 views

Education minister Liz Truss made a speech today [2nd December] which included the following defence of textbooks: I want to start, though, with a defence of the textbook. Not just because I’m currying favour with publishers. Nor because I’m nostalgic about my…

Bye bye, Mr Twigg

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,373 views

Sometimes events move faster than expected. I had been planning to write a blogpost about the responses to the recent changes in how exam resits will be reported, a major part of which would have been about this TES article written by…

The case against Michael Gove

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 1,043 views

I promised a few months ago to lay out where I thought the education secretary had gone wrong. It will be balanced by “The case against Stephen Twigg” in the next day or two. Political debate about education at the…

Why I’m against performance-related pay

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,423 views

There is no shortage of reasons to be against performance related-pay for teachers. The video which I have shared here is a good starting point. Another might be the brief summary of its history and general ineffectiveness as a method of raising…

Some final words on the English GCSE farrago

Labour Teachers / June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,324 views

It’s probably worth mentioning how the regrading lobby have reacted to the high court judgement that OFQUAL acted fairly. The main response I have encountered has been along the lines of “I/We know what a C grade looks like and…