Curriculum Making back front and centre… | Alan Parkinson

I posted earlier in the week about my trip to the Education Festival earlier in the year.
The post mentions a speech made by Amanda Spielman, HMCI / OFSTED which brought the issue of curriculum back to the forefront.
There was a mention of Michael Young in the speech that she made, which can be read from the link above. Michael Young (who I have heard speak several times at the IoE in Geography seminars, and have blogged about before) says:

Schools enable young people to acquire the knowledge that, for most of them, cannot be acquired at home or in the community. 

Spielman said in her…

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“Set Free” by Emma Slade | geogteacher

This is an excellent read. I loved it. Don’t worry if you think you will be following a  familiar plot; rich career type has road to Damascus moment and sees the error of their ways. This book is not like that at all. At first it seems being held up at gunpoint in a plush Jakarta hotel will be the driving force behind a story of moving from materialism to spiritualism. But the appeal of this story is the normality and honesty of it. It’s not a autobiography of a heroine battling against the odds, but of the author as a fallible yet determined woman learning from errors and trying to break…

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Learndirect rated ‘inadequate’ in Ofsted report | BBC News | toomanysusans

Training company Learndirect has been branded by Ofsted as “inadequate” – the worst rating the watchdog can give.

Inspectors found not enough learners achieved the skills and qualifications to progress in work and education.

It also found teaching performance was not managed well by the firm, which has more than 70,000 trainees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Learndirect, which had tried to block the report’s release, said it did not accurately reflect its performance.

The company, which is one of the UK’s largest adult training providers, had obtained an injunction against…

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