School: What is it good for? (Part One)

The purpose of education is a debate that has rumbled on throughout time. There have been few great thinkers who haven’t tried to grapple with the difficult question of “What do we go to school for?” Even the pop band Busted tried to reach an answer, deciding it was to oggle, stalk and harass a…

Avengers, Assemble

By Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) Why English needs a cohesive whole school curriculum As a teacher of English in a Secondary School, it had always been apparent that I would have to be a jack of all trades. On the most basic level I am teaching students to develop their reading skills through their ability to…

In Defence of Shakespeare

Or joining the Great Conversation and Singing a Different Song In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) returns to the conversation about what should be taught in schools and why. It is, she argues, all about offering choices. ‘Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.’ Henry VI, pt.2 A…

‘There must be better songs to sing than this…’

The importance of cultural capital for disadvantaged students ‘There must be better songs to sing than this…’ Rita’s Mum, ‘Educating Rita’ by Willy Russell This has always been a moment in the play which brings me to tears. Rita and her mum, sitting in the pub (the usual activity for the extended group of friends…

Hallelujah! Why I love the new OFSTED Framework

In her latest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) discusses her love of curriculum and her excitement that this love is finally being shared by OFSTED. From the very beginning of my career I have been very lucky. My wonderful Head of Department, and ex-English Teacher, Susan Walker at Passmores School, involved me in the curriculum design…

Dealing with Disadvantage

In her latest guest post Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) grasps the thorny issue of the disadvantage gap. There is no doubt that, had I been born in the last 30 years, I would have at some point in my education fallen into the Pupil Premium category. By postcode alone, I was living in an area of…