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Change Gonna Come

Nikky

Recently, the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) released a statement criticising the current education system in the UK for being too focussed on testing, results and tables. The result of this, they claim, is that children are not learning the skills that are required of them by the world of work.

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Nikky

Last week I spoke about how children are often willing and able to embrace complex vocabulary, and I’d like to expound on that here.

Never be afraid to use a long word with a young child. Children love playing with language and long, complicated words can be fabulously alluring. 

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I'm Late, I'm Late ...

Nikky

I recently read someone saying that they were late all the time, but that they didn’t mind that, because it meant that whoever they were meeting was already there.

It made me re-think my own ideas about lateness.

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Teach Secondary Article

Nikky

Hot off the presses....my latest article for Teach Secondary magazine, around the value of incorporating performance into school.

My thanks to editor Helen Mulley for allowing reproduction, and if you want to know more, details of this and their other magazines and resources are available at:https://www.teachwire.net

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Fatso Batso!

Nikky

Once again, with the government’s new dictum that calories in popular foods must be cut, the issue of childhood obesity is back on the menu.

Like so many aspects of our lives, the focus is on the negative. With this ‘battle’ as with so many others, the tactic is to bring in limitations and regulations for what already exists. First fat was the enemy, then sugar, now just calories in general - and the proffered solution is to try and cap the amount of the enemy in our food rather than look at the bigger picture.

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