Multiple Concerns: new NAHT report slams the multiplication tables check pilot

The NAHT have today released a damning report detailing their members' response to the Government's pilot of the new multiplication tables 'check' (MTC) for children in Year 4. The test has been an educationally dubious waste of time and money, hastily implemented and with multiple technical flaws. As LKMco's resident ex-Year 4 teacher, I've gone ahead and highlighted the five areas that shocked me most about this pilot.

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The LKMco Youth and Education Podcast #035: Research Roundup

In this episode Phil Yeeles, Junior Researcher at LKMco, shares a selection of research that he has been reading lately with Dr Sam Baars, our Director of Research. This episode has a critical conceptual focus: Sam and Phil discuss the ideological implications of youth social action as an uncontested ‘good’, the consequences of perpetually silent ‘zero-tolerance’ classrooms, and what different visions of a National Education Service might look like, the problems they might solve and the challenges they’d face.

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Education for tomorrow

The first issue of the new Education for Tomorrow covers a range of radical pedagogies. There is a critique of the 'knowledge curriculum', and studies of the work of Freire, Guevara, Vygotsky and Flecha. Neurobiology and the myth of measurable intelligence are tackled, as are regional analyses of British education and a comparative piece on the Cuban education system.

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The disingenuous nature of ‘empowerment’ in edtech

Technology is often presented as a means of empowerment within education, but we are in danger of actively holding pupils back by ignoring the inherent class bias of this narrative.

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Building critical consciousness through dialogic reading in the primary classroom

Through engaging with the universal experiences of characters in classic literature, pupils are able to analyse, debate and discuss situations that arise within the story. These discussions are not dry academic exercises, divorced from reality, but are based upon the children's own life experiences, and support them to develop their reading comprehension, oracy and emotional literacy. They are able to tackle significant philosophical issues, and form and express opinions which must then be justified and defended.

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Educate, agitate, organise - the need for young NEU activists

Two years ago, I made a speech at the NUT annual conference, highlighting the need for the union to increase recruitment of young teacher activists. Two years on, the need remains just as urgent, if not more so, as education in Britain continues to face crisis after crisis, from cuts to funding, to the creeping threat of privatisation, to the undermining of the philosophical foundations of public education.

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Addendum to A Primary Assessment Primer

After a great discussion at tonight's NUT Section general meeting on primary assessment, based upon the previous post, I thought I would explore in greater depth a few issues that arose, plus a few that I left out of the original piece.

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A Primary Assessment Primer

Welcome. I'm going to run through the current state of primary assessment from Reception to Year 6 as diplomatically as possible, and talk a little bit about the problems that it entails at each stage. Finally, I'll discuss more general issues around the assessment of young children, and what is being done about it.

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