She Stands at the Window and Weeps | nancy

The suds slide slowly,

Abandoning the porcelain

For the cooling, greased greyness

And a diminished, laboured repetition.

They echo, with their soft descent,

The trickled tracks

Of raindrops;

Crystalline sisters, wedded to glass.

Their tired decay

A contrasting parallel

To tears

As she stands at the window and weeps.

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100% Literate | nancy

All children reading by age 6.

Apart from those who haven’t got the hang of speech sounds properly.

Oh, and those with a literacy difficulty (as yet, undiagnosed, because they are only 6).

And those with a diagnosed SEN.

And disabled children.*

Obviously, we don’t mean those children. THOSE children will never be literate.

Or will they?

 

Maybe we could stick with the 100% and look again at what we mean by literacy.

 

*children with Down’s syndrome were deemed ‘educable’ in 1971. It is only since 1981 that they have been able to attend mainstream schools.

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Ofsted: Correction | nancy

I hate getting things wrong. Not backing up my claims with evidence and veering off into polemic was a regular criticism during my student days.

Yesterday, I veered off into such a polemic, and I would like to publicly state a couple of things I got wrong. I’d like to issue a public apology for the error.
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector did not make a speech. She wrote a commentary.  You can read it for yourself here: http://ift.tt/2kFNXvf

If, like me, you are unsure what a commentary is, and its purpose, I looked it up and you can…

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Ofsted: Correction | nancy

I hate getting things wrong. Not backing up my claims with evidence and veering off into polemic was a regular criticism during my student days.

Yesterday, I veered off into such a polemic, and I would like to publicly state a couple of things I got wrong. I’d like to issue a public apology for the error.
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector did not make a speech. She wrote a commentary.  You can read it for yourself here: http://ift.tt/2kFNXvf

If, like me, you are unsure what a commentary is, and its purpose, I looked it up and you can…

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School Accountability and the entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum | nancy

I’ve been a teacher a long time, since 1994 in fact, and over the years, I have been witness to the things that Amanda Spielman, new Ofsted chief, spoke of yesterday – you can read her speech here – a speech which I finally found time to read in the evening, while I was supposed to be watching the telly (I still have no idea, really, what the whole Terminator Mark Million was supposed to be about, and how old is John Connor supposed to be these days, anyway?), and, such is my irritation that I find myself cranking up the laptop on the train, as I whoosh through the early morning countryside…

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School Accountability and the entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum | nancy

I’ve been a teacher a long time, since 1994 in fact, and over the years, I have been witness to the things that Amanda Spielman, new Ofsted chief, spoke of yesterday – you can read her speech here – a speech which I finally found time to read in the evening, while I was supposed to be watching the telly (I still have no idea, really, what the whole Terminator Mark Million was supposed to be about, and how old is John Connor supposed to be these days, anyway?), and, such is my irritation that I find myself cranking up the laptop on the train, as I whoosh through the early morning countryside…

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Elastic | nancy

This week has been one of journeys, of visits, to the past, and glimpses of the future. Sam, at 16, is leaving the care of paediatricians, moving towards adult health services, and together, we are making our way between appointments, visiting the places and people of our shared past.

There are changes in us all. Instead of a rough collection of post-war prefabricated huts there is a brand, spanking new Children’s Centre, but, funnily enough, many of the faces are familiar; over the years, the medical staff have rescued one or other of my children from the jaws of whichever illness was…

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