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…

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…

Cooking up the Curriculum

I enjoy baking. I especially enjoy baking bread. Baking sourdough bread is best of all. There is something magical about taking flour and water and seeing it come to life. There is also something almost mystical about saving some of the dough from the loaf you are making to start off the dough of the…

On The Right Track

How a knowledge rich curriculum has improved teaching and learning in the English classroom. This is a guest post from Zoe Enser (@GreeboRunner) Director of Improvement and CPD at Seahaven Academy and former Head of English. For years I was told that English teaching was unique in relation to other subjects. Yes, there was core…

Letting the learning shine

I was thinking today about how same-y my lessons had become. There was a time when pupils would have come in to find the tables arranged in groups for a carousel task, or ready for them to do a role play of a news report or they’d be creating a newspaper front page or doing…

Curriculum: From Hodge-Podge to Coherence

One of the joys of the education landscape in 2018 has been the move from endless discussions about how to teach towards a renewed focus on what we teach. On curriculum. Recent writing  At ResearchEd ’18 I was fortunate enough to listen to Christine Counsell speak about curriculum and the questions we should ask of…