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There is an intriguing twist in this simple tale. It comes from the book ‘Art and Fear’, by David Bayles and Ted Orland. At the beginning of term a ceramics teacher divided the class into two groups. He told the first group that … Continue reading
Daisy Christodoulou’s blog is always interesting, and often infuriating – well she is young, right wing, a teacher and popular educational expert. But she goes for the jugular, attacks our treasured myths and bases her arguments on research not dogma. … Continue reading
Tim Oates talks with quiet authority about how the new national curriculum came to be and how ideas about assessment have changed. He explains how the honourable intentions of the TGAT report (Professor Black) became corrupted. However, it is clear … Continue reading
The recently published report of the Commission on Assessment Without Levels is interesting and probably important for our subject. Some of it consists of statements of the blindingly obvious. But in view of the fact that many schools are blindly … Continue reading
A Marylebone High School film about the importance of the arts in school with a cast of significant creators.
I guess if anyone can Stephen Heppell can. It was rather a shock to come across this after the regressive, backward looking, Govian years. But it is a real joy to see the language, creativity and positive vision of the future … Continue reading
Just stumbled upon this interesting post about ebooks for children on ukedchat.com. (http://ukedchat.com/2014/12/24/we-give-books/) Really just using this post to park the information until I have time to play. storybird.com Story Bird widely used story maker website. It has great templates picture bank. … Continue reading
The NSEAD (National Society for Education on Art and Design – the subject association for art www.nsead.com) does an annual survey to investigate trends in art and design in schools. Last year the survey documented the emerging (negative) impact of … Continue reading
Just noted this site providing articles about contemporary issues in school improvement, which seems interesting. The article that caught my attention was a study which challenged the research findings that have seemed to suggest that ‘feedback’ always led to improvement. … Continue reading
In January OFSTED published a set of papers sharing examples of good practice in art teaching. There are 12 case studies in all and they include building professional practice into GCE ‘A’ level courses, developing drawing, inspiring creativity and developing … Continue reading