IT'S NOT THE #BRITs2018
In the HEART OF CAMDEN'S COMMUNITY
Sat 24 Feb
— We are STEAM Co. (@ST3AMCo) February 22, 2018
Listen to this podcast with Ed Miliband and Geoff Llyod talk to James Graham, Jez Bennett and Madeleine Holt about how we’re failing to tutor the next generation adequately, in particular failing to put creativity at the centre of the curriculum. Interesting listening.
Madeleine comes on at 37:00
We are calling on you to let us know what you think about how the government propose action on improving mental health provision for young people. Read more about it here.
We have a deadline to respond to this, so please get your comments in by Monday 26th February.
Only two days left to let us know what your thoughts are on this report. Please send us a message by 16th February and we can include your comments in our response to Ofsted.
Rescue Our School’s co-founder, Madeleine Holt, will be talking to Ed Miliband on Monday 19th February in his much-listened to podcast. Madeleine will be talking about how we are becoming international outliers in developing such a narrow and uninspiring curriculum. She is joined by headteacher Jez Bennett, who is pioneering a broader, English baccalaureate, and the playwright James Graham.
To hear this united call for greater creativity in schools, tune in next Monday.
RoS’ Emma Bishton is asking for your thoughts on the Ofsted report, Bold Beginnings.
Bold Beginnings was intended to inform what happens in schools, what happens in inspections, and future government education policy about early years. The report, based on a survey of a tiny minority of primary schools, makes recommendations for four groups of people about reception teaching. Please read our full statement here.
We would like to hear what you think by 16th February so we can publish them in our response to this report.
The City of York Council passed an important motion last Thursday night (14th Dec) calling on the Secretary of State for Education to look again at the funding settlement for York which has seen it’s pupils become the lowest funded in the country. Cllr Jonny Crawshaw (Labour) – a founder member of Rescue Our Schools – brought an amendment to the original Lib Dem motion that widened it’s scope to included exam factories, teacher workload and the narrowing curriculum. The subsequently amended motion was supported by Labour, Lib Dem, Green and Independent Councillors while Conservative Councillors abstained. You can read the motion as passed here
Christmas is approaching, and schools across the country are making preparations for shows, parties, and fundraisers. But as we approach the end of term there is a distinct lack of Christmas cheer for our pupils and teachers, and indeed for anyone interested in making sure that all children, regardless of their circumstances, access the education they need to thrive. The autumn budget brought no relief from the rising cost pressures affecting our schools, and last weekend the Social Mobility Commission resigned en masse, on the grounds that there is no capacity in government to actually deliver on improving outcomes for the poorest children in our society and narrowing the gap between the best and worst off.
Many teachers, especially in primary schools, dig into their pockets to buy their pupils a little token at Christmas. But these same teachers are now also having to pay for pencils and other essentials in their classroom on a regular basis, and there is no sign of that coming to an end. These are the same teachers who have endured 7 years of what the government euphemistically calls ‘pay restraint’ (in other words, a pay cut after inflation). Some of these teachers, like their pupils, are having to turn to food banks to get through the day. Yet again, the government has passed up the opportunity to invest in our children’s future, and instead continues to rely on the generosity of public sector workers to deliver public services. The government has cast itself as Scrooge, so far without redemption. Let’s hope the spirit of Christmas future visits before it is too late.