03
AUG
2014

Keep it simple stupid!

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Education Managment Principles Bureaucratic procedures are not rigour in themselves. Analyse the supply chain and eradicate any unnecessary process or procedure. Train staff better so you can eliminate bureaucratic controls. If there is not the occassional glitch a...
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25
JUL
2014

IGCSE – Myths and legends

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When is a GCSE not a GCSE? When its an IGCSE.  Surely an IGCSE must be a GCSE? It has GCSE in its commonly used title. Condition E2 of the Ofqual regulations for awarding organisations states. E2.3 An awarding organisation must ensure that each qualification which...
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19
JUL
2014

Handwriting

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My handwriting is pretty bad, not just in style, but in speed and just about every respect. My mind is quite quick so as I child I found the painstaking task of committing thoughts to paper a real bind. I actively avoided any written communication and took to things cerebral...
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19
JUL
2014

OFSTED first principles

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Why inspect schools? Education is a public service monopoly. Every one of those has a regulator so whatever the rational reasons for inspecting schools, there is also a political imperative of being seen to check value for money holding those providing the service accountable for...
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13
JUL
2014

Academic debate

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What does academic mean? A bit of academic debate got me thinking about definitions. (And also how bad Twitter is as a forum for debate 🙂 The argument was about whether education is an academic subject or not. There have been similar debates about whether ICT is an academic...
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03
JUL
2014

Election coming up how about more reform? :-)

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Bridging the generational gap in curriculum reform with Mr Ewan Kerr. Me: Mr Kerr, can you give me your thoughts on the revisions to the National Curriculum? Mr Kerr: Core maths and English is a bit of a no-brainer for any type of curriculum but of course want to keep things...
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02
JUL
2014

Baseline testing 6 weeks on

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We now have 700 individuals in the baseline testing Google group with more joining each day. The first 2000 pupils have been tested and we are working hard to tweak and maintain the software and support everyone in setting up their accounts. At present we are just doing Computing...
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01
JUL
2014

Coursework assessment

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Given a recent coursework assessment leak I thought I would write a few things about risk and assessment given risk is the pivotal consideration in UK qualifications regulation. Assessment design can be achieved to meet DfE/Ofqual requirements AND support good pedagogy...
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19
JUN
2014

Do teachers think knowledge is important?

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There has been a lot of "hot air" exchanges on twitter and blogs about whether or not teachers in England think knowledge is or is not important. It is generally polarised to "Progressives" vs "traditionalists" with the traditionalists saying most...
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11
JUN
2014

Science or politics?

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A recent report from universities showed that pupils from state schools with the same grades as those from private schools went on to do better at degree level. This seems to suggest that there is a demand on students at university that is better suited to state school education...
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