What we learned this week #75


Schoooooool’s out for winter. Schooooool’s out for…like, a week? Maybe two? It’s been so long since I’ve had the joy of a half-term break, I can’t remember how they work. I just remember playing a lot of Playstation and falling in rivers. Anyway, I do remember the bits that broke up those joyful holidays – where everyone had to actually go to school – and so do our expert writers, who had a lot to say about education this week!

The Year of Code will be mint! coding code year of code_Snapseed-883_378

No sooner have we closed the door on the Year of Luigi then we enter the Year of Code, the British governments push to get kids to learn about computer programming. Jonathan Weinberg’s a fan:

‘With digital skills now at a premium, and many companies shipping in coding talent from abroad or shipping out work overseas, there’s huge UK growth potential for such skills.

‘Of course, there’s still a shortage of teachers with the necessary skills but skilling as many young people as possible means future generations will develop their skills for the benefit of Britain.

‘It won’t be right for every child. No subject is. But learning to code also helps children understand logic. And anything that gets young brains ticking to solve problems and achieve a positive outcome is surely crucial to their all-round development and future job prospects.’

Teachers need to fix up, look sharp!

Kelly Rose Bradford agrees with Ofsted’s plans to highlight ‘professional dress and conduct’ in teacher training:

‘Of course some people will say it is the quality of teaching which is important, and that teachers’ clothing is irrelevant. But it really is not. We are regularly hearing of children being sent home from school for having the ‘wrong’ shoes, or the ‘wrong’ colour coat. School handbooks generally have pages of ‘uniform policy’ for parents and students to adhere to, so surely it is only fair that teachers follow suit?’

And finally

If you’re looking for something to fill the holidays, Tamsin Oxford put together an in-depth and excellent guide on how to write a book with your kid. If they think it sounds boring, tell them it’ll be an ebook.


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