Ncuti gushed: "I couldn't have got through without two wonderful friends. One made me stay with her and the other wired me money for food every week. Their generosity was incredible but difficult to accept as it meant accepting what my situation had become – and it was a situation I could barely comprehend." … [Read more...] about Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa reveals he was homeless before landing Netflix show and opens up about mental health battle
“I have been simply awestruck by the humble and dutiful actions of my current postgraduate student teachers,” said Grant. “This self-initiated response to a crisis in our educational establishment, after the student teachers had been told categorically that they were not duty-bound by their course to contribute to schools post-lockdown, made me proud to think of the calibre of character we have entering our schools in September 2020.” … [Read more...] about Britain’s teacher heroes: the legends of lockdown lessons
In England, Steiner education is on the brink of a significant expansion. At present, the academy in Herefordshire is the only one to receive state funding out of 34 Steiner schools in the UK. In September, it will be joined by a state-funded "free school" in Frome, Somerset. Two more Steiner schools – in Leeds and Exeter – are applying for state funding under the free schools programme. They are being interviewed at the Department for Education this week and next, and a decision will be announced in June. … [Read more...] about A different class: the expansion of Steiner schools
I think the name is a problem. It sounds like you teach first, and then move on to something more lucrative or rewarding. If you look at the website, the corporate sponsors push the idea that they will offer you a "decent" job afterwards. One guy who has only done two years' training is now advising the government and writing a book on teaching and learning. There doesn't need to be a Teach First route. I don't think you need to be creaming off the best graduates. There is not necessarily a correlation between your qualifications and your ability to connect with children. … [Read more...] about Teach First: why does it divide opinion?
However, teacher José Picardo argues that the aversion to technology in Steiner schools is rooted in a “pseudo-intellectualism which believes the things we are familiar with are better than the things our children are familiar with”. Picardo teaches at Surbiton High School in Surrey, where every pupil from the age of seven or eight is given a tablet. “I think my children are going to end up being better prepared for the world in which they live,” he says, because his school does not subscribe to the idea that “playing with something physical is better and therefore children shouldn’t be allowed technology”. … [Read more...] about Could Steiner schools have a point on children, tablets and tech?