Selflessness in Leadership

Jesus Washes his Disciples' Feet by Jan Luyken The principle of selflessness Selflessness is the first of the Nolan Principles, designed to uphold standards in public life. They apply to a wide range of office-holders, including those who work in education. The principle of selflessness is defined as acting ‘solely in terms of the public … Continue reading Selflessness in Leadership

The Mirror: A Reflection

Drowning of Anabaptists in the River Limmat I recently enjoyed reading a blog post by Steve Adcock, which considered curriculum intent using the analogy of the mirror and the window. The mirror suggests a curriculum which represents the students, allowing them to recognise themselves in what they learn, while the window is about giving them … Continue reading The Mirror: A Reflection

Things which can’t be got

In 1948 two philosophers sat down in a BBC studio to debate the existence of God. The Jesuit priest F.C. Copleston and the mathematician Bertrand Russell locked horns over one of life’s ultimate questions in the most gentlemanly way imaginable. Copleston advanced an argument based on Leibniz’s principle of sufficient reason, which he defined as … Continue reading Things which can’t be got

A Political Act

In a recent set of guidance on the teaching of sex, relationships and mental health, the Department for Education clarified its position on political impartiality in schools. The document reminds headteachers of their responsibility to ensure that, ‘where political issues are brought to the attention of pupils, they are offered a balanced presentation of opposing … Continue reading A Political Act

Truthfulness and Cultural Literacy

Encountering cultural literacy It took me much longer to get round to reading E.D. Hirsch’s Cultural Literacy (1987) than it should have done, considering its seminal status in curricular thought. I was reluctant at first because of Hirsch’s less than positive reputation within the teaching profession (e.g. Sloan, 2017) and I think there was part … Continue reading Truthfulness and Cultural Literacy

A Remote Possibility: Using multiple-choice questions to build conceptual understanding at a distance

I have become slightly obsessed with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) in recent months. I first considered them properly when I read Daisy Christodolou’s book Making Good Progress (2017) a couple of years ago, and have learned more about them through the Assessment Lead Programme from Evidence Based Education (both the book and the programme come strongly … Continue reading A Remote Possibility: Using multiple-choice questions to build conceptual understanding at a distance