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Primary School Diaries
by Kelvin Smythe
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Tag Archives: Hattie
In 1988 I wrote a three-part series in which I predicted why primary school education was heading for trouble (which is about to be re-published); to live that warning, in 1990, I resigned at 51 years as senior inspector of … Continue reading
Memo: Other than the abolition of national standards, the last time I heard anything hopeful and inspiring about Labour’s school education reforms was when you said that creativity and imagination was about to return to schools. Your minister of education … Continue reading
CoLs have been introduced using a copycat of the process used for Tomorrow’s Schools: the idealistic conceptual cover to appeal to typically kind-hearted, classroom teachers – for Tomorrow’s Schools, freedom – for Cols, collaboration; a tumultuous drumbeat of propaganda; organisational … Continue reading
We have now had 26 years of Tomorrow’s Schools and in all that time, leaving aside national standards, no political party or teacher organisation has advocated a fundamental structural change; that is, one with implications for the philosophy of that … Continue reading
In Part 1, Piglet and Pooh wondered about something called a 21st Century Education; Pooh said he’d found it but, in being asked what it was like, ignored the question, evincing more interest in the honey pot his head was … Continue reading
In many respects Kelvin Davis is more conservative than Chris Hipkins but Kelvin Davis listens and that is all we are asking. [I want to make it clear these postings are entirely my initiative. If Kelvin asked me to stop … Continue reading
In this article I am going to place considerable demands on Simon Collins’ flexibility of thinking, on his ability to imagine the unimaginable, his willingness to recognise a wrong universally accepted right by the media as an incontrovertible right, and … Continue reading