Noise | teachingbattleground

Children are noisy. This is something people often don’t appreciate if they don’t work in schools, as can be seen by the recurring experiments with “open plan classrooms” that seem to happen every few years. Before I became a teacher, if I walked past a school at break or lunchtime, I was shocked by the […]

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Why I’m leaving the NEU | teachingbattleground

I first joined the NUT (National Union Of Teachers) back in 2001 as a PGCE student. It is now part of the NEU (National Education Union). This year, I finally resigned my membership. I think being in a trade union is really important. I have been helped by my union in the past when I’ve […]

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Top rated posts in 2018 | teachingbattleground

The following posts got the most views in 2018. Many of them weren’t actually written in 2018, so do check the date before reading. The EEF were even more wrong about ability grouping than I realised Finding or advertising a teaching job on Twitter with #teachingvacancyuk School Shamings: Why they are unnecessary and who is … Continue reading “Top rated posts in 2018”

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The campaign against discipline | teachingbattleground

It seems a long time since the days of 2013, when putting more knowledge in the curriculum could inspire 100 educationalists to write a letter claiming this: ….could severely erode educational standards. The proposed curriculum consists of endless lists of spellings, facts and rules. This mountain of data will not develop children’s ability to think, […]

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The campaign against discipline | teachingbattleground

It seems a long time since the days of 2013, when putting more knowledge in the curriculum could inspire 100 educationalists to write a letter claiming this: ….could severely erode educational standards. The proposed curriculum consists of endless lists of spellings, facts and rules. This mountain of data will not develop children’s ability to think, … Continue reading “The campaign against discipline”

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