Dear Parent, this year we will be outsourcing our mathematics teaching to Bright Young Things Limited…

Dame Ruby de Snoopy CEO for life Neolibs ‘R’ Us Multiacademy Trust Dear Parent This year we have decided to outsource our maths teaching to Bright Young Things Limited. Mr Jones, who has given tireless service as head of mathematics for the last 35 years will be retiring. We thank him for his service. WeContinue reading “Dear Parent, this year we will be outsourcing our mathematics teaching to Bright Young Things Limited…”

The Book of Intervention

The last time I went to a general practitioner, I had a minor ailment. I described my symptoms, he reached for a large ocatavo soft-bound book. He thumbed through it, selected a page, ran his finger down the first column, then the second, he flipped a page or two until he was satisfied that he hadContinue reading “The Book of Intervention”

Some reflections on Nottingham-shire – a voice for education

Information about the event is here: http://howardstevenson.org/2015/09/28/nottingham-shire-a-voice-for-education/ This day was about a rejection of the neoliberal orthodoxy in education. It was about reclaiming education for the people. Not only was it about an alternative vision, but it was about how that might be done. There were a number of practical examples where communities and groupsContinue reading “Some reflections on Nottingham-shire – a voice for education”

A democratic education system for social justice and equality: the case of a coastal a school

One thing I have noticed in my relatively short time working here in Cambridge is that it is a strongly democratic university. Or at least it aspires to be. There is broad discussion over issues, where, especially if they are contentious, members of the university are asked to vote to reach a decision. Last year there was muchContinue reading “A democratic education system for social justice and equality: the case of a coastal a school”

Throwing money at a broken system: a response to the increased bursaries for trainee mathematics teachers

Headteachers have been talking about a teacher recruitment crisis over the last year. Trainee mathematics teachers on last year’s Cambridge PGCE programme were being offered interviews well before Christmas. In fact two trainees accepted offers before Christmas, the remainder accepted offers soon into the new year. As course tutor I recieved a stream of phone calls and emails from headteachers to see ifContinue reading “Throwing money at a broken system: a response to the increased bursaries for trainee mathematics teachers”

Teacher activism, teaching unions, neo-liberalism: divided and conquered

While I was a teacher in Cleethorpes and studying for an MEd with the Open University, I read a paper by Judyth Sachs about teacher activism, The Activist Professional [1]. She argued the means to reform state-funded education is through teacher activism. That teachers take the lead in professional and educational decision making. That they become vocal and assertive. AndContinue reading “Teacher activism, teaching unions, neo-liberalism: divided and conquered”

E D Hirsch’s visit to the UK and the neo-traditional teacher bloggers

I picked up on Hirsch’s visit to the UK, when I noticed excitement amongst a number of teacher bloggers on Twitter. Though, I don’t follow them directly, there was an overspill of retweet excitement, arousing some of the tweeters that I follow. I was aware of E D Hirsch from a general knowledge of education philosophy.Continue reading “E D Hirsch’s visit to the UK and the neo-traditional teacher bloggers”