My friend and former colleague Keith Snowden, who has died aged 89, was a highly regarded and inspirational chief education officer for the Rotherham education authority.
A former history teacher, Keith advocated imaginative, pupil-centred teaching and learning, and under his leadership Rotherham schools had a good reputation. Since these were the schools in which his own children and those of his colleagues were educated, he would ask the question: “Why wouldn’t they be good schools?”Continue reading...
SupaJam is proving a hit with music courses for young people who have fallen out of education
It is midday, and a teenage boy has been removed from class for causing trouble. But instead of being sent to the headteacher’s office, he is jamming on a keyboard while a teacher adds in some drums.
“It calms them down,” says Nick Stillwell, the co-founder of the SupaJam school in Swanley, Kent. “They realise life’s OK, and put the knife down.”Continue reading...
Trotz Behindertenrechtskonvention ist es für viele Kinder mit Förderbedarf schwer, einen Platz an einer Regelschule zu bekommen. Anwalt Felix Winkler über ein kompliziertes Gesetz.
Informal exclusions cited as possible reason as up to 7,700 pupils are lost from statistics
Thousands of children and young adults in England are missing from official education statistics after being taken out of state schools and failing to sit their GCSEs, according to researchers who say they have uncovered a black hole in the government’s figures.
The research found that 22,000 pupils who would have been in the sixth form this year left mainstream schooling before finishing year 11. Thousands of these had either moved away from England, joined private schools or were being home-schooled, but the location of up to 7,700 children could not be identified, FFT Education Datalab said.Continue reading...