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Marking – In Defence of SLT

Michael Merrick / January 22, 2016 at 9:07 PM 458 views

OFSTED has a problem with its image problem. Acutely aware of its disastrously low standing within the profession of which it is supposed to be the guardian, it has sought to transform its austere and inward-facing image into that of…

The Dignity of Being a Teacher

Michael Merrick / January 3, 2016 at 3:24 PM 451 views

From Labour Teachers:The reality of being a teacher is very different from what one supposes when first reflecting on whether to enter the profession. For here, giddy notions of broadening horizons and expanding minds abound; the Grind, which we all…

Things the candidates won't say

Michael Merrick / June 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM 768 views

Whilst all the candidates for Labour leadership have been very explicit in pointing out that we, as a Party, have lost our connection with those whom we seek to serve, no candidate has yet proceeded beyond their comfort zone in…

Twigg and hardworking families

Michael Merrick / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 668 views

‘Liberalism is alive and it’s killing us.’ Maurice Glasman. Teachers have long been acutely aware that schools are expected to cure the ills of the society in which they operate, whilst simultaneously being at fault for their existence in the…

On (not) learning to teach

Michael Merrick / June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 634 views

There is something of an irony in contemporary education debate, certainly the online variety, in that discussion is nearly always about skills. In as much as this is the case, the vanguard of the educational revolution often sounds very much…

Gove – a price worth paying?

Michael Merrick / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 804 views

Michael Gove. Elicits strong reactions that name. From both hysterical anti-reform types as well from uncritical disciples of the #cultofGove My own reaction? More a shrug of the shoulders with the odd outburst thrown in. He's a mixed legacy. And…

Guardianista Gove

Michael Merrick / June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 473 views

Confession time: I am, in certain respects, a fan of Michael Gove. I like his emphasis on academic rigour. I admire his enthusiasm for developing the intellect of children. I find his contempt of various progressive pedagogies refreshing and important.…

Fluffing your lines

Michael Merrick / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 717 views

Sometimes one hears a slogan proliferate, the chief promulgators of which firmly believe is so definitive that it will garner universal support for their cause. Mere mention of this truth, they conclude, already wins them the argument. Sharing this wisdom,…

Things the Candidates Won’t Say

Michael Merrick / May 24, 2015 at 5:50 PM 997 views

Whilst all the candidates for Labour leadership have been very explicit in pointing out that we, as a Party, have lost our connection with those whom we seek to serve, no candidate has yet proceeded beyond their comfort zone in…