The Wrong Sort of Child | suecowley

Do not apply to come to our school

If you cannot comply with every rule

And if your child has SEND

We’re not the place for them to be.
There’s another school just up the road

And we don’t plan to spread the load

They’ll take you on, they love to share

So go to them – you’ll be happier there.
The cost of uniform, as you’ll see

Makes this an expensive place to be

If you can’t afford it, well maybe think twice

Go somewhere else, is the best advice.
Our rules are strict, we’ve very tough

And if you don’t like it, that’s fair enough

We only work with those who support

So…

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The Wrong Sort of Child | suecowley

Do not apply to come to our school

If you cannot comply with every rule

And if your child has SEND

We’re not the place for them to be.
There’s another school just up the road

And we don’t plan to spread the load

They’ll take you on, they love to share

So go to them – you’ll be happier there.
The cost of uniform, as you’ll see

Makes this an expensive place to be

If you can’t afford it, well maybe think twice

Go somewhere else, is the best advice.
Our rules are strict, we’ve very tough

And if you don’t like it, that’s fair enough

We only work with those who support

So…

Continue reading at:

https://ift.tt/2Iu8ABc

Expected Standard | suecowley

I’m not Expected Standard

There’s lots I do not know

The Government checked my learning

And decided it was low.
The grown ups think I’m stupid

They think I do not see

That some kids find school easier

And learning is hard for me.
My mum said it didn’t matter

My dad said he didn’t care

I heard them talking in whispers

They didn’t know I was there.
But the test was not a fair one

They didn’t check me out

“I can do loads of great stuff!”

Was what I wanted to shout.
I know all the names of dinosaurs

I’m a super hero too

I am brave and strong and fearless

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Expected Standard | suecowley

I’m not Expected Standard

There’s lots I do not know

The Government checked my learning

And decided it was low.
The grown ups think I’m stupid

They think I do not see

That some kids find school easier

And learning is hard for me.
My mum said it didn’t matter

My dad said he didn’t care

I heard them talking in whispers

They didn’t know I was there.
But the test was not a fair one

They didn’t check me out

“I can do loads of great stuff!”

Was what I wanted to shout.
I know all the names of dinosaurs

I’m a super hero too

I am brave and strong and fearless

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The Trouble with Knowledge | suecowley

“Who controls the past controls the future:

who controls the present controls the past.”
George Orwell, 1984

When I was a child, I believed in two things that later on (to my complete astonishment) turned out to be incorrect. I believed that the name for the food you ate at lunchtimes or on picnics, which consisted of a filling between two slices of bread, was a “sandwitch”. And I believed that there was a giant country on the maps that I saw of the world, which was known as “Africa”. As far as I’m concerned, the first of these might as well be true – as both a spelling and a concept,…

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The Trouble with Knowledge | suecowley

“Who controls the past controls the future:

who controls the present controls the past.”
George Orwell, 1984

When I was a child, I believed in two things that later on (to my complete astonishment) turned out to be incorrect. I believed that the name for the food you ate at lunchtimes or on picnics, which consisted of a filling between two slices of bread, was a “sandwitch”. And I believed that there was a giant country on the maps that I saw of the world, which was known as “Africa”. As far as I’m concerned, the first of these might as well be true – as both a spelling and a concept,…

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The Firmest Foundations | suecowley

“No sitting at desks, we are too busy playing
No testing or labelling, hear what we’re saying
Be brave and be bold, make the firmest foundations
Build a garden! Take pride in the joy of creation.”

There is something magical about creating a thing that did not exist until you willed it into being, especially when you do so through the power of community. A garden, an allotment, a conference. The power to make all these things is sitting in our hands. If we gather our courage, and work with like minded people, we can make something happen that wouldn’t have existed if we hadn’t taken that…

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