Myths about Education: What are they? Where do they come from? What do we think?

This post is inspired by Daisy Christodoulou's book Seven Myths about Education (2014), a copy of which can be found in the school library. We all know what a ‘myth’ is and we are probably all aware that we buy into them at times, whilst also identifying as logical, rational members of society. For example, …

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Borrowing and loaning expertise: why straitjacket ourselves to a single subject?

While many of us in the school teach more than one subject (particularly within the Social Sciences, Modern Foreign Languages and Junior Science) we certainly all have more than one A level, pool of knowledge, area of interest or even degree subject. There are times when being confined to a particular subject area can be …

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Prep at Oakham School: Some of what the pupils think…

At my daughter’s primary school recently they carried out a survey into homework and perceptions of it by staff, teachers and students. The results were revealing and policies and practice have been adapted as a result. Inspired by this I ran a very informal (and admittedly unscientific) investigation of my own with upper school classes …

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