Here’s the last fortnight’s posts. If you are a Labour supporting teacher and you’d like to write something for us, please get in touch.
Don’t Ban The Bomb | @johndavidblake
The possession of nuclear weapons has always been controversial in the Labour Party. The Sainted Clement, at whose altar all those who chose Corbyn to lead us regularly genuflect, knew it, which is why when he decided Britain should have the Bomb, he got a secret Cabinet committee to agree it and didn’t tell the party.
Behaviour Management: Shying Away from the Issues? | @teach_well
On behaviour management, it is fair to say that the Labour Party has left the debate on discipline in schools to the Conservatives. We need to pull back and have a real discussion.
Two Cultures – I Think Not | @MikeBerkoff
Our population is riven by dissent and factionalism. By class? Maybe. By politics? Of course. One divide mostly unspoken but hugely harmful is Science against Humanities.
The Workload Challenge | @MichaelT1979
I have long argued for the need – as a profession – for teachers to do less, but better. The workload problem is undeniable, and the Department for Education seems to have taken the message on board.
Ben Gummer in a pub | @RobBrown1991
A group of us (Teach First participants in Ipswich) met Ben Gummer MP in an Ipswich drinking establishment. We met to discuss education, Teach First and how to improve schools.
Gramsci and Education | @teach_well
In a twitter chat a few weeks ago, a tweeter, who was neither a scientist nor a teacher, insisted over and over again that children should not be taught knowledge in science uncritically. He kept repeating the point.
We alienated more voters today and here’s how | @oldandrewuk
One of Nye Bevan’s most famous quotations (often interpreted as criticism of Hugh Gaitskell) was:
I know that the right kind of leader for the Labour Party is a kind of desiccated calculating-machine who must not in any way permit himself to be swayed by indignation.
Teacher retention and what could be done about it | @FlyMyGeekFlag
There is a recruitment and retention in schools. Politicians have been slow in coming to that realisation (if they’re there yet), but schools have known about it for a long time. It’s no longer shortage subjects where recruitment is difficult; once you’ve finally got staff, holding on to them is the next battle.
Why Evidence Should Matter in Education Policy | @judeenright
As a Labour loyalist, I saw the money coming in to schools and appreciated the additional staff who took off the burden of photocopying and exam invigilation, but I missed some of the darker mistakes made by the last Labour government. This is a classic example which I stumbled across today: an academic vilified by a Labour government with an agenda.
Reports – Give me just a little more time… | @68ron
I can still remember what some of my school reports said about me: ‘Ron possesses sufficient charm to ease his way through life but not his Chemistry ‘O’ level’. I can also remember pretending to be mortified (but being secretly delighted) by my French teacher’s comment: ‘Another excellent term’s work from a remarkable young man’.
Terror, Freedom and the Futility of War | @Trudgeteacher
Another horrendous, cowardly terror attack in a major international city; scores dead and a nation in shock. The same headline could have been in Madrid, London, New York, Istanbul, Mumbai, Nairobi, tragically it is now Paris.
Close the borders? | @srcav
My heart sank with the news that came out of Paris. The sheer terror that the people involved were faced with. The loss of life, the domain and suffering forced onto the families of those who were killed. It’s horrifying.
Crisis? What Crisis? | @ChocoTzar
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve got a little bit of a teacher recruitment and retention crisis on our hands. When you listen to everyone from the Secretary of State, to ITT providers, to NQTs, to long-serving teachers, there are as many causes to this crisis as people willing to offer their opinion.
A question about The College Of Teaching | @Nick_J_Rose
The College of Teaching is looking to teachers to ‘help shape’ its direction and priorities. Whether you’re enthused by what you’ve heard about the college, or sceptical about the direction it appears to be heading, I’d encourage all teachers to pitch in and offer their honest opinion.