Teachers call for boycott of primary school literacy tests

Teachers are threatening a national boycott of new primary school literacy exams amid claims they will damage children’s education by forcing them to “jump through hoops”.

Schools could refuse to administer an exam in spelling, punctuation and grammar for 11-year-olds in England because it risks promoting a culture of “teaching to the test” at the expense of providing a broad curriculum.

The National Union of Teachers said the exam for 600,000 pupils – being introduced for the first time this year – will waste class time and fail to improve children’s literacy.

Activists are also opposed to a controversial new reading test for six-year-olds.

At the union’s annual conference in Liverpool, teachers voted to launch a campaign that could lead to a boycott of the “pointless and silly” exams in 2014.

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Teaching, no longer just a fallback choice!

graduate teacherUndergraduates are applying to Teach First as much as to the traditional professions of law and banking. Teaching is no longer something to fall back on but a best choice.  The invigoration of teaching is one of the triumphs of our times and an unexpected consequence of globalism.

The television people we celebrate now are visionary teachers, be they Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry or Jamie Oliver.

A Free, Open, Curriculum for Web Education

 

 

WaSP InterACT is a community driven project that offers a free, open, curriculum for web education.

Schools that teach web design struggle to keep pace with our industry, and those just starting their curricula often set off in the wrong direction because the breadth and depth of our medium can be daunting. The WaSP InterACT curriculum project seeks to ease the challenges schools around the world face as they prepare their students for careers on the Web.

WaSP InterACT is a living curriculum designed to change and keep pace with the fast moving industry. Its courses are divided into several tracks that provide students with a well rounded foundation in the many facets of the web design craft.

Anyone can get involved and contribute!

(via swissmiss)

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Skillshare

Skillshare just launched and it seems like rather an exciting concept! Skillshare’s mission is to flip the notion of traditional education on its head and democratize learning. They believe that anyone can be a teacher, and everyone has valuable knowledge and skills to share. I couldn’t agree more! At the moment its only in NYC for now, but it seems that they will be expanding to other cities in the US and eventually other countries.

You can sign up to classes or be a teacher, set up a class and sell tickets to it. There are some very useful looking ones already set up – definately worth a look.

MF, Studio, dbda

Augmented reality in the classroom

Interesting article on the BBC Technology site about a Sheffield school using augmented reality via PSP consoles, to spice up lessons

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12277018

dbda, studio, PB

Staff’s confidence crisis hits science grades

TES  reports on the findings from Ofsted’s ‘Successful Science’ review of science teaching in schools from 2007-2010 which found that science teaching in primary schools has deteriorated over the last three years due to teachers’ “lack of confidence”, Ofsted has warned, however standards have improved in secondary schools.

Areas of particular concern included primary teachers’ limited knowledge of science, the low take-up of continuing professional development and reduced levels of local authority support.

The review found that in weaker primaries, pupils had “fewer opportunities to plan and carry out investigative activities”, and many repeated their learning when they moved between key stages due to “weak communication and poor continuity”. However the abolition of science testing at KS2 had allowed more “varied”, “engaging” and “enjoyable” lessons.

Source: TES and Ofsted ‘Successful Science’  ndp dbda

Examples of engaging and stimulating science resources:
National Grid Education – School Power
Syngenta Periodic Table
 
 

 

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