The Big Education Conversation

Following consultations with other advocacy groups (too numerous to mention, but you know who you are) we’ve agreed to collaborate on a joint venture for 2018 – THE BIG EDUCATION CONVERSATION.   What is it? It’s a wide range of events and...

Question: “Does It Count?”

It’s time to tell the Emperor that he’s naked… by David Price Ask any teacher, anywhere in the world, what is the most frequently asked question they get asked by their students and they’ll almost certainly reply, “Why do we have to learn this?” The teacher then...

The Scrap Heap Challenge

Mark Stevenson   I imagine a future where a grandchild might come to me and say, “So let me get this right, Grandad … when you were young, people used to dig up coal and oil from millions of years ago? That was dangerous and expensive and destroyed the...

Moving the curriculum forwards

Mick Waters   One way of looking at what we will need for the future is to imagine getting to the future and looking backwards. If today’s children, starting school in, say, 2020 were to look in the rear-view mirror and reflect on their schooling in the year...

School Leadership Without Fear

David Jackson     “Leaders have to be engaged at the heart level in order to be courageous champions.” Margaret Wheatley   There are many definitions of leadership and maxims about it, so for this piece I’m going to appropriate one or two. Why? Because...