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Education England 2015 - a warning

Here lies Freedom in Education It's May 2015 and the General Election is upon us in the UK. The last 5 years in Education can only be described as the most destructive ever undertaken. The seismic changes that Sir Michael Gove and Lord Michael Wilshaw (ex Ofsted chief) have imposed upon schools in England from the end of 2011 are only starting to be horribly realised. 
Thousands of teachers have left the profession due to measures that have brought untold misery to millions of learners now subjected to 'teaching to the test' to keep England in the top 5 of the PISA table, and Performance Related Pay, which has failed in its promise to attract the best to the profession, has been the subject of intense scrutiny after it was alleged results were been manipulated to ensure some schools could continue offering the best salaries. Prime Minister Cameron, who survived one attempted leadership battle after his disastrous handling of the Iran crisis in 2012, now faces another as his …

Blog ownership - Learner or Teacher?

I've been following some debate about the ownership of blogs used in classrooms. There are those that say blogs must be led by the teacher and all posts moderated for content and spelling by the teacher. Then there are those that say blogs must be owned by the learners, that they should have control over content that is posted no matter if it contains spelling mistakes but comments should be moderated by teachers.
Writing a blog is something that every class should be doing no matter what age group, there's no debating it. It's as easy or as difficult as you want to make it. It can become an essential part of the learning process throughout the school year or a noose around a teacher's neck as they deliberate over content and finding time to keep it updated. Blogging is powerful no matter way you look at it and it should not be cast aside as a fad. It's been around for quite some time and will more than likely be around for quite some time to come, so schools should…

Leashes not required

For the past 3 weeks I have been personalising every child’s learning in my class. I use a weekly plan which is made up of Literacy and Numeracy targets specifically chosen by me so that the child can work towards these during the week. Every child is given the opportunity to add further targets which they feel will make a difference to their learning. These targets are taken from the Year 4 EoY targets for both Literacy and Numeracy. Children also have the opportunity to create their own ‘Most Important’ target for that week and a Personal Journey (PJ) which is Project Based Learning.
I have noted distinct and measurable improvements in every child’s learning since their introduction 3 weeks ago, for example, this week every child in my class has met or surpassed their numeracy targets. Each child is now responsible for their learning and the PJ inspires them to focus on the learning that will move them forward. This personalisation allows me more time to focus on teaching specific sk…