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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?

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.

 

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

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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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Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show.

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

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

Feedback

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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

 

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Thank you for listening to the first official show of the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles

 

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