If You Build It | suecowley

I wanted to share a short story with you

It may sound unreal but I promise it’s true

So here is my poem on how the outdoors

Can become an inspiring unstoppable force.
It was ten years ago I became a trustee

Of an early years setting that’s local to me

They needed some help, like a fool I took pity

And that’s how I ended up chair of committee.
There was a big problem when I first arrived –

No way we could get our kids playing outside.

The hall had a car park just by the front door

A road ran right past, we’d be fools to ignore.
What use is a space if the cars drive…

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If You Build It | suecowley

I wanted to share a short story with you

It may sound unreal but I promise it’s true

So here is my poem on how the outdoors

Can become an inspiring unstoppable force.
It was ten years ago I became a trustee

Of an early years setting that’s local to me

They needed some help, like a fool I took pity

And that’s how I ended up chair of committee.
There was a big problem when I first arrived –

No way we could get our kids playing outside.

The hall had a car park just by the front door

A road ran right past, we’d be fools to ignore.
What use is a space if the cars drive…

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A Bad Idea | suecowley

I’m finding it impossible to narrow down all the reasons why the baseline test is a bad idea, so I didn’t bother. Here’s my starter for ten. Feel free to add more in the comments.

1. It takes the class teacher away from the class during the vital settling in period.

2. It is a measure done over a 7 year time span – who knows what will change in that time?

3. Four year olds are not in compulsory education.

4. Children who have EAL will be disadvantaged by a test that is done in English.

5. If it is locked away it cannot be used to identify children who might need support.

6. There…

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A Bad Idea | suecowley

I’m finding it impossible to narrow down all the reasons why the baseline test is a bad idea, so I didn’t bother. Here’s my starter for ten. Feel free to add more in the comments.

1. It takes the class teacher away from the class during the vital settling in period.

2. It is a measure done over a 7 year time span – who knows what will change in that time?

3. Four year olds are not in compulsory education.

4. Children who have EAL will be disadvantaged by a test that is done in English.

5. If it is locked away it cannot be used to identify children who might need support.

6. There…

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Mirror Mirror | suecowley

According to Damian Hinds (and various friends of the DfE) there are a handful of reasons for the slight recruitment and retention hiccup currently troubling a couple of England’s schools, and Damian has a list of handy ways to solve it. There’s workload, which is caused by all the SLT in the world misinterpreting Ofsted’s demand for evidence of progress as being about doing triple marking even though no Ofsted report ever written suggested that marking should be a thing and no one should dare say that it did. There’s a distinct lack of desire to deliver the standardised lessons that would…

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Mirror Mirror | suecowley

According to Damian Hinds (and various friends of the DfE) there are a handful of reasons for the slight recruitment and retention hiccup currently troubling a couple of England’s schools, and Damian has a list of handy ways to solve it. There’s workload, which is caused by all the SLT in the world misinterpreting Ofsted’s demand for evidence of progress as being about doing triple marking even though no Ofsted report ever written suggested that marking should be a thing and no one should dare say that it did. There’s a distinct lack of desire to deliver the standardised lessons that would…

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The Thing About Grammar | suecowley

It’s really hard to talk about grammar without upsetting someone. Really, really hard. Some might even say impossible. The DfE have managed to upset just about everyone at some point with their approach to grammar. Even if you’re not cross about them saying where and when kids can use exclamation marks, you’re probably going to be at least a little bit irritated about the leak of Key Stage One SPaG papers. Writers have been known to upset teachers on the subject of grammar, by saying that you don’t need to name parts of a language to be able to write in it. However, those same teachers have…

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