`A valuable collection of columns that promotes an enlightened, progressive way of practising and thinking about education. It shows that teachers who operate at the sharp end of school life have reasons to be optimistic too' - Will Woodward, Editor, Education Guardian
Sonia Blandford's weekly Masterclass columns proved a hit with readers when they appeared in The Guardian. Now, for the first time, readers can enjoy a selection of Sonia's columns in one book.
Each chapter focuses on a current issue being faced by practitioners and school leaders, and draws on real-life events and case studies to provide practical solutions.
The book includes:
" advice on creation and implementation of policies
" practical guidance on behaviour management
" consideration of workforce reform and its impact on practice
" discussion points at the end of each chapter
This book is an excellent starting point for NQTs, Teachers and Teacher Trainers looking for an informative and entertaining route into discussing some of the more pressing problems in education today.
Professor Sonia Blandford is Dean of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University College, among the largest providers of initial teacher training and professional development in the United Kingdom. Following a successful career as a teacher in primary and secondary schools, Sonia has worked in Higher Education for eight years. Sonia has acted as an education consultant to Ministries of Education in Eastern Europe, South America and South Africa. Sonia has also worked as an advisor to LEAs, schools and leads the Teach First initiative. As an author of a range of education management texts, Sonia has a reputation for her straightforward approach to difficult issues. Sonia writes in an accessible style, communicating ideas in a pragmatic manner as illustrated in Master Class and columns written for the Guardian.
MASTERCLASS Introduction Importance of Looking After the Individual in a Community of Learners What Makes a Good Learning Environment? Summary ISSUES IN EDUCATION Introduction A Palatable Alternative to Selling Crisps in School Tuck Shops Inclusion Is About Identifying and Removing Injustices Time to Give SENCOs the Support They Deserve Schools Are a Microcosm of their Local Community Good Practice Is What Makes Teaching a Job worth Having Importance of Planning Noise Control - A Level of Distraction Summary LEADERSHIP Introduction Time for Individual Needs to Take Priority All Teachers Can Be Managers and Leaders A Team Doesn't Pull Together without Effective Leadership No Teacher is an Island - they Need to Collaborate Meetings Are not a Waste of Teachers' Time Teachers Should Seize the Chance to Become Budget Holders Summary CLASSROOM PRACTICE Introduction Pupils Thrive in Structured, Creative Mess Learning Should Be Staged Like Scaffolding with the Next Level Visible Threats Quash Bad Behaviour but Positive Reinforcement Has Lasting Effect Successful Teachers Focus On Learning Not Behaviour Management The Referee in the Classroom - Expectations and Rules Rewards and Praise Work Much Better than Threats and Punishment Communication in Schools Should Be in a Quiet Way and Shouting Is Outlawed Children Who Have Not Learnt How to Behave Need Expert Help Good Teachers Focus on What Each Pupil Can Do Assessment Should Be a Means to Improve Teaching The Art of Report Writing The Public Examination System Is a Bit Like a Lift A Stressed Teacher Will Be Less Effective than a Relaxed One Summary ARTS Introduction A Different Tune Teachers Can Still Make Performers of their Students A Few Tips on How to Face the Music of the School Performance Creative Ideas Can Be Found In the Oddest Places Summary PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Introduction Trainee Teachers Need Qualified and Devoted Mentors How to Give Newly Qualified Teachers a Good Start Much More Thought Should Be Given To Planning Staff Training Days Make Provision for Continuing Professional Development - a Space To Grow Everyone Should Consider Further Study for Themselves Summary FUTURES Introduction Differences in Educational Provision in Schools and FE Colleges Recruit People to the Profession Increased Use of Computers Has Had a Limited Impact On Learning Is Remodelling the National Curriculum the Way Forward? Remodelling the Workforce - How to Make Best Use of Extra Staff A New Curriculum Geared to Individual Needs Summary