How are successful schools measured? By being judged ‘1’ by Ofsted? By excellent SATs or A-level results in a single year? By being popular with parents and having buoyant admissions? No. It is learning that holds the key to success for any... [...]
This SIG stands for educational interests underpinned by significant democracy and autonomy. We don’t have many answers (yet and even then we’ll be careful) but we do know that there is a world of ‘difference’ educationally speaking, which is other from a lot of what passes as ‘acceptable’ or excellent education. Our SIG stands for the active debate and development of scholarship, theory and practice knowledge about education done on terms of community and freedom. We don’t agree with education without Voice, voices, democratic means and manners and autonomous interests pursued. So this SIG serves as a SPACE for alternative educators and we aim to organise ourselves as a community in as democratic a manner as is possible. We welcome alternative educational work including the school, from before and beyond the school – to include university teaching and learning and towards the Fourth Age also. We have an international membership. We deal with the history, present and future of education. Join us! You are very welcome to our community. Please click here.
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The issues of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment are pivotal to shaping our educational system. These concepts have been constructed, reconstructed, deconstructed and contested over many decades. With the increasing, and arguably controlling,... [...]
Alternative ways of educating teachers to educate children differently: What do curriculum, assessment and pedagogy look like when ‘done differently’?
This conference looks to bring together teachers, educators, academics and other practitioners – especially those who lead or see themselves as having a remit to lead in some way, even if not as a manager - into a space of child-led and... [...]
How do we truly assess success and long-term achievement in learning: exams, or innovative contextualised creative assessment?
There is a continual debate and discussion about exams – whether it is standard attainment tests (SATs) at primary school or GCSEs and A-levels at secondary – and how effective they are not only at assessing but, more importantly, preparing a... [...]
At an ESRC-Palgrave-Springer Festival of Social Science event about social sciences impact, held at the Royal Society on 7 November 2017 (#FossImpact), I asked a question. Before I repeat this question, I propose two points to consider. First,... [...]
Across the world, schools are becoming more inclusive. This means that they are expected to enable the full participation and academic achievement of diverse students, many of whom may have previously been excluded from schooling. South Africa... [...]