Category Archives: Networks and Teachers

On second thoughts

It feels wrong after all the rants and indignation but – I’ve just spent time with the revised (almost) finished version of the art curriculum and I think it may be not so bad after all. I am doing some … Continue reading

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The Draft National Curriculum translated

The draft national curriculum for art and design is not really very good. So here is an attempt to interpret it. In truth it need not stop you doing what you want and it does contain, hidden within it, a … Continue reading

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To be or not to be – a teacher

The DfE has anounced that Academies can employ people who do not have QTS as teachers. No doubt there is an interesting debate to be had about the value of PGCE and other entry routes in the creation of good … Continue reading

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Maurice and Us

Maurice Barrett was the first Art Adviser I ever met. Recently I attended a celebration of his work as an educator and was reminded of how important his influence had been. Even before I had met him he had played … Continue reading

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Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson

I’ve just been to see the Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson exhibition at Compton Verney.  It was interesting to see the Alfred Wallis pictures in a new gallery and alongside Ben Nicholson. Many came from Kettles Yard gallery in Cambridge … Continue reading

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New Ofsted Consultation

“…We propose therefore to focus on these aspects and to consider subject understanding and the use of assessment as key contributory factors in judging the quality of teaching.” The new Ofsted framework is out for consultation. As expected it involves … Continue reading

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Contributing to the new curriculum debate

The National Curriculum Review is up and running. It should be an interesting ride, especially for art teachers. The good news is that all those on the ‘Experts Group’ have spoken publicly about the need for a broad and balanced … Continue reading

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Teaching is…

I spent the morning looking at and discussing assessment and APP with colleagues. I heard a wonderful quote from Christine which she remembered hearing years ago from an experienced headteacher. ‘Teaching is just about finding out what children don’t know … Continue reading

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Specialist Schools and Networks

Michael Gove has announced changes to the Specialist Schools programme. It seems that schools will no longer need to be designated as a specialist school and that specialism funding will simply be reabsorbed into the overall funding package. Funding for … Continue reading

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Old Advisers

> Last night I was at a party in Greenwich overlooking the river and the ill fated dome – which was illuminated against the fading twilight and ofset by a flock of small hot air ballon/lanterns floating away towards deptford. … Continue reading

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