This election is May’s opportunity to win over a generation of young voters

As the bright minds at CCHQ add their final touches to the Conservative election manifesto, media speculation continues to go round in circles, asking questions about the same few policies: will the Tories scrap the ‘triple lock’ on pensions? Will they commit to not increasing VAT and income tax? Will they drop their previous pledge…

My top tips for new teachers

Having taught for the past four years, I’ve been asked by a few friends, who are new to teaching, for some tips and advice. With the first half of term out of the way and the gloss of the new job wearing thin (what with the late nights planning, the endless piles of marking and little…

On the European Union and democracy

Life as a Politics teacher has been somewhat challenging over the past couple of months, with seemingly everybody you meet asking you for your well-reasoned standpoint on the impending EU referendum. However, despite reading widely, talking to many colleagues and friends, watching endless panel debates online and even teaching an entire year group about the…

Four reasons why textbooks can improve our schools

There is a pernicious dogma in our schools, largely thanks to the 2005 Steer Report and poorly trained Ofsted inspectors, that lessons should contain ‘jazzy’ and ‘whizzy’ exercises designed to engage students in their learning. A failure to do so, the conventional wisdom suggests, will inevitably lead to poor behaviour amongst pupils (and this is entirely your fault as a…

Obstacles to getting character education right

Last Monday I attended the launch of the Demos report ‘Learning by Doing’, hosted jointly with The Scouts Association, in the majestic surroundings of the State Rooms within the Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster. This was an event on ‘non-formal learning’ and the role it can play in character development. Alongside Dweck’s growth-mindset, character traits such…

How to start a real ‘Food Revolution’

“My wish is to create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.” – Jamie Oliver Jamie Oliver is absolutely right to be concerned about the health of our children. A recent report by King’s College London showed that one in…