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The truth is out there?  

A fortnightly podcast about UK education for and about teachers, teaching, government policy and other things...

Do you believe?

Dec 31, 2016

Whole interview with Yana Weinstein

Dec 11, 2016

The Ghost in the Machine

The show has blogs and links; 3 book reviews - The Confident Teacher by Alex Quigley, What every teacher needs to know about  Psychology by David Didau and Nick Rose and  GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A: Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Student Book by Andy Lewis; Edu news and views and an interview with Professor Yana Weinstein.

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show.

Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show.

If you are interested in sponsoring us please let us know.

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Show Notes

Your hosts are Alex Weatherall and Leon Cych.

Tonight's show feedback

Coming Soon...

Yes, Prime Minister - The Ministerial Broadcast

Blogs and Links

Learning Scientists

Learning Styles by Charlotte Pezaro

Jonathan Simmons on the Civil Service

Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan

The Life Scientific - Richard Morris

The Life Scientific - Roger Penrose

Carpet Time

Music - Fretless by Kevin McCleod - CC

Tom Starkey https://twitter.com/tstarkey1212  reviews The Confident Teacher by Alex Quigleyhttp://www.theconfidentteacher.com by Ben Crystal

Interviews

Leon interviewed Professor Yana Weinstein one of The Learning Scientists

Ben Davies reviews Andy Lewis's RE text book GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A: Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Student Book

 

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Dec 7, 2016

The uncut interview with Jack Marwood on Grammar schools.

Dec 7, 2016

This is the full uncut interview with Becky Allen about Grammar Schools

Nov 27, 2016

Mind your Grammar

The show has blogs and links; a book review; edu news and views and two interviews on the grammar schools debate.

Both the interviews will be available in full in The Ed Files Uncut later this week.

 

Sponsors and Partners

Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show.

Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show.

If you are interested in sponsoring us please let us know.

Feedback

Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles on Twitter or in our group on Facebook.

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Show Notes

Your hosts are Alex Weatherall and Leon Cych.

Tonight's show feedback

Gerald Haigh https://twitter.com/geraldhaigh1
@Whatonomy https://twitter.com/whatonomy/status/793975822709297152 
Felicity Sandral https://twitter.com/FelicitySandral/status/798417902076620801 

Blogs and Links

Teaching Morals in schools http://www.justschoolscollective.com/ 
Mike Cameron's The Social Contract https://cogitateit.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/the-social-contract 

News Round

Ofsted information from Sean Harford
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572048/School_inspection_update_November_2016.pdf 

ITT numbers Low for Physics and Computing.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572290/ITT_Census_1617_SFR_Final.pdf 

Rachel Wolf's article
http://www.conservativeeducation.org/news/rachel-wolf-we-must-now-focus-what-goes-inside-classroom 

DFE's grammar school tweets -
"The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is virtually eliminated in selective schools" https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/800641910398472192 

"Selective Schools are almost 50% more popular than non-selective schools when comparing a parent's first preference for their child" https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/798929945854701569 

Evidence given to the Education Select Commitee on Grammar Schools - featuring Becky Allen and Nick Gibb
http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/education-committee/selective-education/oral/42974.html 

Letter to Stats authority https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Letter-from-Ed-Humpherson-to-Jonathan-Slater-111116.pdf 

Scrooge and Jacob Marley Feedback form - Correction It was the Local Schools Network not School's Week - apologies to Janet Downs.
http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2016/11/dfe-short-survey-on-grammar-schools-accepts-response-from-scrooge 

Carpet Time

Sarah Ledger https://twitter.com/sezl  reviews Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard http://www.shakespeareontoast.com/ by Ben Crystal

Interviews on Grammar Schools

Leon interviewed Dr Becky Allen https://rebeccaallen.co.uk/  from Education Data Lab https://educationdatalab.org.uk/ 

Alex interviewed Jack Marwood who writes at Icing On the Cake http://icingonthecakeblog.weebly.com

Niki Kaiser https://twitter.com/ChemDrK/  talking about Science Journal Club for her A-Level students.

 

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Nov 13, 2016

Leon got an hour to interview Katharine Birbalsingh at Michaela School in Brent.  

This is the full interview that forms part of Episode 1 - Can you handle the truth?

Feedback via the usual channels.

Please note: the section on behaviour has had edits to ensure students are unable to be identified. The edit may appear to show that Katharine is being inconsistent when talking about the one exclusion at the school in 3 years. We would point out that the exclusion was not for bad behaviour.

Nov 13, 2016

Can you handle the Truth?

This week's programme has a feedback section from listeners; a review of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers by all the teachers at Michaela School; Playing with Fire by Mike Fairclough.

Leon has been to Michaela school to interview Katharine Birbalsingh about the book - he was granted an hour's interview. The whole hour's interview will be released shortly. So you're getting 2 programmes for 1 on our very first show. Alex covers the current news and Leon is out and about again interviewing teachers and why they go to teachmeets. The show invites feedback and comments - in audio form if possible - you can do this by using an audio recording app on your phone or using the Anchor.fm app. If you want to feedback on twitter just use the hashtag #theEDfiles.

Happy listening and don't work too hard preparing for the new week.

Alex and Leon

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If you’re interested in finding out about other TeachMeets or events run by Bloomsbury Education, please follow them on Twitter @BloomsburyEd

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Show Notes

Your hosts are Alex Weatherall (the physics teacher) and Leon Cych (the consultant).

News item about the Bomb Disposal Unit performing controlled explosions on 2,4-DNPH in schools.

ASE chat discussion on twitter - Storify.

The DfE posted Nick Gibb's DNA comment and Alex went to town.

The DfE posted this now deleted tweet:

Tony Parkin's graph in response.

The Department for Education webpage Good School Places where you can find the consultation document.

The vote to expand charter schools in boston and environs has been beaten.

Mike Stuchbery reviews Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michela Way and Playing With Fire: Embracing Danger by Mike Fairclough

Katharine Birbalsingh - head teacher of Michaela - go visit the school

The full 1 hour interview with Katharine is here.

Pictures of the school

 

Michaela 2Michaela

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Oct 30, 2016

Leon and Alex introduce themselves, the podcast and discuss their plans; Alex discusses a nerdy use for Workflowy, Leon demonstrates his subconscious love for a Radio 1 DJ and they both share ideas and news from the week.

This show is sponsored by Aston Mics  Aston Mic Logo (unique UK professional microphones). Leon uses an Aston Origin in his broadcast. 

Feedback

Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles0 on Twitter or in our group on Facebook.

Show Notes

Your hosts are Alex Weatherall (the physics teacher) and Leon Cych (the consultant).

An example of Alex's book reviews at Schools Week.

We want feedback on Twitter and also via the Anchor app

We have organised ourselves using the following nerdiness: WorkFlowy and Slack

Here's how to write a phd paper using Workflowy and LaTeX

And here is how to pronounce LaTeX (Alex does pronounce it correctly).

The founder of Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher is Emma Shepperd

Here is Tom Bennett's guest blog on creches and here are Leon's two blog posts about MTPT from this week (1), (2)

The video Leon posted is here:

 

The Maternity Teacher/Paternity Teacher Project from Learn 4 Life on Vimeo

Leon started out on his web-chat journey with CU See Me back in the late 90s 

This is Chris Moyles but we're really talking about Chris Moyse who has made these brilliant resources: Research in 100 Words

Here is the article by Jonathan Simons from Policy Exchange about killing the "Education for All" bill.

The education department want us to respond to their latest ideas as detailed in this video on twitter and on their engagement webpage Good School Places where you can find the consultation document.

Nick Gibb talking about education policy at researchED and answering questions about Grammar schools and selective education 2 days before the release of the green paper.


The DfE's chief analyst, Tim Leunig, at researchED reminding us to respond to the consultation in a civil manner (towards the end of the video).


Dr Becky Allen and Education Datalab on selective schools:
A post by Becky from 2008,  All of Becky's Edu Datalab posts (most recent are on selective education) and Edudata lab research briefing on Grammar Schools.


Jack Marwood - blogging at Icing on the Cake on selection by wealth
and responding to Peter Hitchen's arguments

Peter Hitchens on Twitter

Definition of disingenuous for those questioning whether Alex said it the wrong way round (possibly).

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