Staffroom Rambles – Podcast Episode 10

Welcome to Episode 10 of Staffroom Rambles, the weekly education podcast by Tom Rogers and Chris Mayoh.

This week we discuss the whether instructional delivery is a good way of imparting information to students (as is the model at Michaela School), the Key Stage 1 and 2 ‘SATs’ tests – whether they are too hard and whether Nick Gibb should have been able to answer a question from them – and finally whether SEND labeling has become too broad – are schools making excuses for poor behaviour rather than actually supporting students and teachers?

Links to articles we discussed this week can be found here:

Jo Facer’s article on teacher instruction at Michaela School – Teacher Instruction

An audio clip from BBC Radio 4’s World at One programme testing Nick Gibb’s ability to pass a KS1 SATs test – Has the minister failed a SAT question?

A BBC News article exploring primary heads’ views on KS2 SATs – Primary tests in England too hard, say head teachers

And another BBC news article looking at why some parents are refusing to let their children take the SATs tests at all – Parents keep children off school in test protest

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