Archive | April, 2015

To what extent does technology enhance learning in KS4 Design and Technology?

20 Apr

Children access texts inside and outside school in an increasingly digital and multi-platform format and context. Does this enhance or inhibit learning?

A Titanic Struggle for Teacher Supply

20 Apr


The weekend started off with me attempting to trawl through the day’s tweets.   There seemed to be an increasing number of tweets advertising various posts with Mathematics, English and Science, as ever, increasingly over represented.

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The Curse of the Consultant

14 Apr


I need to be clear from the start that this post isn’t aimed at any individual or company.  Rather it is a reflection on what is now a mainstay of the educational world, the consultant.  I also need to be careful what I say as I may become a fully paid up member of the Educational Consultancy Club one day.

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Teaching and Lecturing Classroom Observations

12 Apr

Should Ofsted inspectors have business and industrial experience to be able to make judgements about teaching and learning and how the taught curriculum links with business and industrial skills?

To what extent does a curriculum model affect pupil performance?

10 Apr

How effectively does the current UK secondary and primary curriculum provision support all learners?

Can the curriculum be developed into something more effective?

Why formative assessment should be an enduring priority for every teacher

10 Apr

The McNamara Fallacy and the Problem with Numbers in Education

4 Apr


Robert McNamara was by any standards, a wildly successful man. Harvard graduate, president of Ford motors then rising to the heights of U.S. Secretary of Defense in the 1960s, McNamara epitomised American élan and brio. But he had one major flaw – he saw the world in numbers.

During the Vietnam War, McNamara employed a strategic method he had successfully used during his days at Ford where he created data points for every element of production and quantified everything in a ruthless fashion to improve efficiency and production. One of the main metrics he used to evaluate progress and inform strategy was body counts. “Things you can count, you ought to count,” claimed McNamara, “loss of life is one.”


The problem with this method was that the Vietnam war was characterised by the unmeasurable chaos of human conflict not the definable production of parts on a factory assembly line. Things spun out of control as McNamara’s statistical method failed to take into…

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