Category Archives: Curriculum Design

Bacc to Bacc- looking at practitioner-led developments

The politicians have had their say: EBaccs, TechBacs, AdBaccs, Liberal Arts Baccs….. but the profession is fighting bacc! I live for the day we have evidence-based policy making, and what better than to look at two Baccalaureate models emerging from … Continue reading

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Of Boxing Binmen, Business Leaders and Brilliant Secretaries of State

Today, I attended a really excellent Teaching and Learning event, organised by CIty of Leicester School Improvement Service. Alistair Smith was in fine form with an opening address on expertise. Due to the good offices of my old and dear … Continue reading

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Will changes to GCSEs really “light up learning”?

Yesterday, Gove announced the revamp of the GCSE. We can now see the detail, although many of us anticipated the “content” (what an apt word!). Guardian Article: the changes subject by subject It will be really interesting to see how … Continue reading

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PROGRESSIVE AWARDS ALLIANCE Launch today!

New Ways of Accrediting English and Maths I would welcome your thoughts on this new initiative. There is considerable disquiet about the way GCSEs are going. By joining the Progressive Awards Alliance, you can be part of a change movement … Continue reading

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Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

Yet again, another 20 minutes of brilliance from a gifted communicator and educator. Every time he talks, I find it inspirational, and it spurs me on to the possibilities of change. http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_how_to_escape_education_s_death_valley.html If you haven’t got time to watch the … Continue reading

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Creativity and Science- unleashing the artist in the geek, or the geek in the artist PART 1

I consider myself extremely lucky. I have managed to combine a career in education with one in the performing arts. I have been a Head of Science and a Director of Music. Seeing education and learning from these two perspectives … Continue reading

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A Brilliant Prezi from Andreas Schleicher

Sometimes you have to be patient, even on the internet. This is a massive presentation, with graphics and embedded video…. lots of them. So, click on the link, then go and make yourself a cup of tea… because it will take … Continue reading

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