118. Ensure all libraries are stocked with books that speak to all children

School libraries are interesting places. The vast majority of the books in them are donations from pupils’ attics. You’ll find all sorts of gems from all encyclopaedias which still recognise Yugoslavia as a country and the odd unacceptable Enid Blyton illustration. However, you’ll rarely find books that speak to anyone outside of the white, middle-class, … Read more118. Ensure all libraries are stocked with books that speak to all children

109. Ensure teachers have a recognised voice in all consultations.

One of my pet hates is when the government decide to have a consultation in educational matters. Inevitably, two things can happen in these. Firstly, the consultation can go out to everyone in Ireland. Secondly, the consultation can happen without input from teachers.  In both circumstances, opinion tends to be watered down by vested interests. … Read more109. Ensure teachers have a recognised voice in all consultations.

103. Infant classrooms should be designed differently

Infant education has been changing over the last couple of decades to a more play-based child-led curriculum. However, classrooms have not. Recently, we held a “Day of Play” where children had the freedom of unstructured play all day. What I noticed about how the infants worked through the day was how they automatically moved their … Read more103. Infant classrooms should be designed differently

097. Scrap Music Generation

Absolutely no offence meant to the wonderful people involved in this scheme is meant but I am very uncomfortable with any programme that asks schools to contribute financially towards when all the glory will go to a commercial entity, in this case a music band. Something just doesn’t feel right. Effectively the government should be … Read more097. Scrap Music Generation

096. Introduce philosophy as a module

As if we need another subject in the curriculum! Please hear me out. I think philosophy is something that is as important as technology as a methodology in primary education. Firstly, I’m not suggesting we add philosophy as a subject in the curriculum. I am suggesting that it becomes part of a school’s ethics/religion curriculum. … Read more096. Introduce philosophy as a module

095. SPHE to be given more time allocation

SPHE has become one of the most important subjects in the curriculum for a variety of reasons, yet it only receives 30 minutes allocation per week. Many “clever” schools try to shoehorn their Religion or Ethics curriculum into SPHE unless they’re getting an ethos inspection(!) SPHE already includes several programmes including: RSE – Relationships and … Read more095. SPHE to be given more time allocation

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