Gaps – vocabulary, reading and NATE Conference

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, gave an excellent if somewhat depressing keynote speech at this year’s NATE conference. He pointed out that the relationship between poverty and literacy levels is now more direct than it has been for many years. Clearly this means that all the work schools are doing to try […]

Learning and Trust – thoughts from research

Education is an exchange, but not a monetary one in most circumstances. Instead of exchanging money, a symbolic representation of labour or work completed for goods, a student receives knowledge and skills in exchange for trust. It seems to me there is a direct relationship between the quantity of trust which an individual decides to […]

1st National Baccalaureate workshop

 Yesterday, Rob Shadbolt, Head of Wood Green School, Witney, Oxfordshire, hosted the first ever National Baccalaureate workshop. Interested schools came together to discuss the practical implementation of the National Baccalaureate framework in their institutions. We learnt a lot. After a general explanation from Rob about how the National Baccalaureate for England has grown up over […]