Chartered Teacher success!!!

Another member of the Outreach team, Janet Storey, has gained Chartered Teacher status recently.

Preparing the submission for recognition is an enormous amount of work. There is a 10,000 word reflection paper, accompanied by a portfolio demonstrating the action the teacher has taken to achieve the standard.

There are 4 key components to achieving the standard:

Professional values and personal commitment;

Professional knowledge and understanding;

Professional and personal attributes;

Professional action.

The basic assumption is that the Chartered Teacher is characterised by 4 professional values and personal commitments:

1. effectiveness in promoting learning in the classroom.

2. critical self-evaluation and development.

3. collaboration and influence.

4. educational and social values.

 Many congratulations to Janet.

Childhood – growing up or just made up?

Here is a fascinating paper exploring current debates about what ‘childhood’ means, demonstrating how it is imagined differently in a range of texts and media. The paper aims to help teachers identify the ways in which children come to perceive themselves, and the ways in which society perceives and treats children.

Ben Willamson, the author, introduces theories of childhood and emerging ideas about children’s rights. He then examines the role of the media in the production of ideas about childhood which influence children themselves as well as the wider community.

Finally, he focuses on the ideas about childhood seen in emerging (English) educational policy documents.

A very interesting (and short) read! I recommend it.

Race Equality resource
How do you recognise a racist incident? What should you do if one of your pupils uses a racist term? How can you promote better race relations in your school?

The new Race Equality resource helps teachers answer these questions and tackle the problem of racism in schools. The website clarifies what racism means in Scottish society today and identifies a wide range of racist behaviour. By looking at the effect racism has on victims and the broader community, it explores the role that schools can play in discouraging racist behaviour and dealing with it appropriately when it happens.

A selection of anti-racist teaching materials have been developed to encourage children to understand the history of Scotland’s diverse society, the difficulties faced by immigrants today, the causes and devastating effects of racism, and the importance of racial tolerance.

The new site supports the Scottish Government’s One Scotland campaign to tackle racist attitudes in Scotland.

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The Guardian reports that girls are in danger of being overlooked by current education policy drives that focus on boys, the National Literacy Trust charity warned today.

Out of around 1,600 male and female pupils from primary and secondary schools in the UK surveyed by the trust, a “significant proportion” of girls (201) defined themselves as non-readers, compared to 626 girls who considered themselves as readers. While the non-readers can and do read, 60% said they find reading boring and fear being labelled “geeky”.