I’m pleased to announce that Education Business Ltd has gained the national Matrix Quality Award for providing Information, Advice and Guidance to young people in schools. We passed the rigorous assessment process and look forward to continuing our work in local schools
A great day at Blue Coat Academy with their Year 9 pupils today. We got them to use design skills to create their own ideas from K’nex kits. They only had half an hour and it was wonderful too see what they came up with.
Employers want more kids to have experience and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths so I would suggest they get more involved in school-based projects to give first-hand information and advice to our young people.
There was so much talent on show today that it was inspiring and gave me great hope for the future.
- STEM Adventures (msbeesscienceclass.wordpress.com)
The news about Michael Wilshaw considering his future isn’t surprising. The Head of Ofsted is a poisoned chalice for anyone with an interest in the future of our young people. Being a Gove mouthpiece is not a role for anyone with experience in education who would put a child ahead of some government target or lame initiative.
I work in schools every day (not as a teacher) and see them trying every way they can to inspire and motivate pupils to achieve their best. As has always been the case, the kids who can pass exams will, those who can’t won’t. I appreciate there’s a grey area where some borderline kids can go up or down a grade but it’s not a benchmark for a good school to judge them on how many kids can sit and regurgitate a range of facts at a certain time on a certain date. I thought we were preparing them for a future in work. I also work with local business and no-one has asked for this skill. They want fully-rounded individuals ready to do a day’s work and achieve great things for their company.
Schools who try to give their pupils the full experience have to do it with reduced funding and Ofsted slamming them for not turning out automatons, not allowing for ability, family background and the efforts our fantastic schools put in to keeping them on track.
Yes Mr Wilshaw, it’s a crap, pointless job and will be over when the Conservatives lose the next election because they continue to get every key decision wrong. Putting you in place was one of them.
- Teachers accuse Ofsted of pandering to Gove over state school criticism (schoolsimprovement.net)
- Ofsted chief: state schools’ failure of brightest ‘an issue of national concern’ (drghulamashraf.wordpress.com)
- State schools failing to cultivate brightest pupils, says Ofsted chief (schoolsimprovement.net)
his BBC News article about the ‘Pub Quiz’ school curriculum is spot on. Pumping useless facts into kids is not the way to go. Showing them potential careers and jobs will inspire them to achieve at school, not actively making lessons more boring.
I don’t want this blog to turn into constant Michael Gove bashing, but we can’t let him continue on a path of making school irrelevant and tedious (for kids and teachers!).
The curriculum needs to be brought to life by bringing employers and specialists into schools not by introducing yet another raft of pointless targets and inspections. Enough already.
- Michael Gove labels professors critical of new curriculum as ‘bad academia’ (guardian.co.uk)
- NUT attacks Gove’s ‘pub quiz curriculum’ (thetimes.co.uk)
- Teachers pass vote of no confidence in Education Secretary Michael Gove (standard.co.uk)
- Hello Michael Gove, Goodbye Education (lucypedrick.wordpress.com)
- National News: Teachers slam ‘pub quiz’ curriculum (coventrytelegraph.net)
Michael Gove makes some good points about raising Literacy and Numeracy standards in schools. It won’t hurt to push the kids a bit harder on these subjects but we can’t have schools turned into sausage factories of kids learning stuff they won’t need in future.
Back in the Fifties we needed to teach young people to go into factories or administration jobs. The new world economy demands a lot more creativity and self-starters. I don’t see why the two things can’t go hand in hand. Showing kids visions of the future and making them see for themselves the need for world class reading, writing and maths skills is going to have a greater effect than yet another raft of targets and inspection rules that just result in demoralising the teaching profession.
What is going to make our political leaders create an education system fit for it’s purpose?