In schools, storytelling can be a rich experience for children, sometimes happening before they shape texts in writing, sometimes when telling stories for their own sake. It is what writing is built upon and skilled teachers know about its importance when using storytelling as part of the language curriculum to build children’s literary skills.
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…the current curriculum manifestly fails to address what is arguably the central challenge of current times…Global climate change is no longer just a matter for scientific debate – it has become a political, social, economic and ethical problem as well. Schools have yet to fully appreciate how this is likely to impact on their practice.
A quiet revolution is how Kevin Brennan, Shadow Schools Minister, described the rapid growth of co-operative schools… It is worth reflecting on this quiet little revolution and why, in the face of the acceleration of the forced academisation strategy, the number of co-operative schools has almost doubled in the past year…
Discussions around ‘British’ values, faith schools and inclusion remind us that values stand at the heart of what we do in education. At a national level values are embedded in the national curriculum and government policy decisions. At a local level schools must formulate and publish aims or mission statements identifying the principles which underpin […]
For a number of reasons it’s getting harder to find schools to say yes (to student placements), with two factors above all cited – the fear of the progress data of a particular class getting damaged by teaching from a very inexperienced student and, similarly, ‘our data isn’t good enough and we’re expecting an Ofsted […]
…Let’s start a serious conversation about retention and teacher development, to stop the wholesale wastage of expertise in both schools and universities to which the current situation is leading and to show that we are serious about sustainable, long-term investment in the thing that matters – the quality of teaching in schools.
If…history is a race between education and catastrophe, we must surely ask at this time why, for so many, that race has been lost; and whether and how education can do better. If ever we needed a reminder that true education must pursue goals and standards that go well beyond the narrow confines of what […]
The publication of the new History curriculum in 2013 caused an outcry. One of the contested issues was the draft’s requirement for children to be taught History in sequential order. In this article, Laura Quinn examines whether there might be something in it.
How do you successfully engage all pupils in their mathematics and encourage their enthusiasm for learning? Rejecting simplistic solutions such as more or narrow, results focused teaching, Dan Port and Sarah Rowntree, Year Six teachers at Meadowside Primary School in Gloucester, explain how they instead wanted to change existing practice and enable children in their […]
Father absence is often conceptualised as a ‘boy problem’. There is, perhaps, a silent assumption that boys are hugely disadvantaged by father absence because they lose their male role model and then walk into a ‘feminised’ school environment…It is important to remember that both boys and girls are affected by their experience of paternal absence. […]