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“We need a different approach to education”

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Consider the following: “The consequences of the standardised exam system? It’s a classic example of unintended consequences. It began with good intentions which was to raise “standards”. It’s ended up with a tick-box, teach to the test, grade-factory approach to … Continue reading

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The New Music Curriculum

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The government has announced a new “Model Music Curriculum” – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-music-in-schools Here is the press release: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-music-curriculum-to-help-schools-deliver-world-class-teaching The Model Music Curriculum (MMC) outlines a complex and prescriptive approach to learning music. It’s been developed “by a panel of 15 music … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on science, problem solving and the reinvention of our system of education

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Heard on Radio 4’s Start The Week this week: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000tcnk A very interesting thought to begin this or indeed any week! One that teachers might put to their students. What are the most important problems currently affecting our daily lives? … Continue reading

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“I was born with music inside me”

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A New Vision for Lifelong Learning

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According to an editorial in the Guardian, “a campaign is growing around a new vision for lifelong learning.“ https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/mar/21/the-guardian-view-on-adult-education-bring-back-evening-classes We might well ask why it’s taken so long for the Guardian and others to develop such a vision, and when … Continue reading

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Progressing Education

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Child Mental Health Week, Again.

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Being Donald Trump: Education, Intelligences, Integrity and Impeachment

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PSHE IS Compulsory

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For those who don’t know, PSHE is compulsory. Now. Personal, social, health and economic education. Life skills. It’s been compulsory in schools since September 2020. Schools that are not teaching PSHE currently are expected to be doing so by the … Continue reading

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Education: Stuck in a Failing Paradigm

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“Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mined the earth, for a particular commodity, and for the future it won’t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we are educating our … Continue reading

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