What do teachers believe?

It’s well-established that various ‘myths’ about how students’ learn are remarkably persistent in the face of contradictory evidence. In 2014, Paul Howard-Jones’ article, Neuroscience and education: myths and messages revealed the extent of teachers’

What’s so great about making mistakes?

To err is human. Alexander Pope Making mistakes is an inevitable part of life. We’re all wrong about something at some point. Equally obviously, contending with failure, learning to drag ourselves up

What’s the point of school?

Education is a technology that tries to make up for what the human mind is innately bad at. Steven Pinker, The Blank Slate Schools have only ever existed in cultures where culturally specific

Some videos of me saying stuff about education

Recently, Swedish education magazine, Lärarnas Tidning interviewed me about my views on various aspects of education. For those interested in seeing me do a very poor Stewart Lee impersonation, they’ve posted a few

Do we want ‘deeper learning’ classrooms?

It’s very easy to present a false dichotomy to make our own beliefs and choices seem more desirable than the alternatives. Consider this infographic from the Hewlett Foundation which has been doing the

Should we give teachers the ‘benefit of the doubt’?

Earlier in the week, Schools Minister, Lord Nash announced that schools should be more like businesses and jettison underperforming staff. According to this TES report he’s reported to have said, ““I think one

Unprofessional misjudgement

No, I’m not using evidence, but I’m not using prejudice either. I am exercising my professional judgement. Sue Cowley It doesn’t make a difference how beautiful your guess is. It doesn’t make

Evidence and disadvantage: How useful is the EEF Toolkit?

Although everyone’s education is important, the education of disadvantaged students is, arguably, of much greater importance than that of students from more advantaged backgrounds. The more privileged your background, the less it’s likely

Education isn’t natural – that’s why it’s hard

One of the most troubling conundrums in the field of education is that the common sense observation that children learn so many things by simply by virtue of being immersed in an

Faith, scepticism and the unswayable minority

How do you stop people believing myths? The sort answer is, it depends on how strongly people believe the myths. I’ve just read The Debunking Handbook – an excellent, free and succinct

O brave new world! The search for 21st century qualifications

It’s difficult to ignore the appealing certainty that the times in which we are alive are unique and fundamentally different to any that have gone before. The most cited reason for this

Can all of learning be summed up by test scores?

Contrary to popular opinion, I’m not all that bothered about test scores. I mean, obviously I’d far prefer pupils did well rather than poorly on a summative exam, particularly if it is