Higher Education – a risky business

While the English HE sector as done well financially in the last eight years, there is a culture of risk aversion within the university. In this post I think about the issues and consider some of the effects on my Faculty and on my work in education.

Government has left a void in education, teachers and educators must assume responsibility

The minority Conservative government is teetering. They have no authority, they have no programme and they have no ideas. The Queen’s speech today was thin, the Conservative General Election manifesto has been ditched. The Queen’s speech intended to allow government to cling to power. So weakened is Theresa May and the Conservative government, it looksContinue reading “Government has left a void in education, teachers and educators must assume responsibility”

Responding to Teach First’s Social Mobility Report

Teach First’s Social Mobility report is useful. But isn’t there an irony or paradox here? Can we address neoliberal problems through neoliberal means?

The problem of behaviour in schools: initial thoughts on the Bennett Report

This is a quick response to the following report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/602487/Tom_Bennett_Independent_Review_of_Behaviour_in_Schools.pdf A review group was commissioned in 2015 by the then Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, to look at content in initial teacher education. The group was chaired by independent education expert Tom Bennett. This report on behaviour in schools is an adjunctContinue reading “The problem of behaviour in schools: initial thoughts on the Bennett Report”

The learning styles debate: a triumph of rationality over criticality

A number of well-meaning and well-intentioned neuroscientists and psychologists signed a letter in today’s Guardian saying that the concept of Learning Styles has no evidential base. Learning styles are well and truly debunked. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/12/no-evidence-to-back-idea-of-learning-styles I don’t disagree. What alarms me is the prioritisation and politicisation of this issue. Learning styles have been attributed, as a bêteContinue reading “The learning styles debate: a triumph of rationality over criticality”

The barriers to radical politics amongst the progressive middle classes

I began this post prompted by what appeared to be the indifference of the progressive middle class. Oh and I had a scrap on Twitter about economics. The argument went round in circles. “Oh yes it is!” “Oh no it isn’t!” We went on. I  consider myself a humble person. I aspire to be humble.Continue reading “The barriers to radical politics amongst the progressive middle classes”