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Hargreaves, Eleanore – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article addresses how an educational purpose of social efficiency, such as the one we have in England, affects each child's school Life-history and the process through which children thereby come to identify themselves. The author considers whether schools could engage in practices that decrease pupils' resignation to a system that controls…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Self Concept, Mathematics Achievement, Writing Tests
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Sherbourne, Peter – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article gives an insider's account of the campaign, ultimately successful, to end the system of educational selection at age 11 on the island of Guernsey.
Descriptors: Selective Admission, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students
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Woods, Katie – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article offers one teacher's thoughts about how the experience of having to teach students who had been labelled and grouped by 'ability' unsettled her practice. Such 'ability' thinking runs counter to her beliefs as a teacher. The article sheds light on ways in which practice can be re-fashioned in the light of principles associated with…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Labeling (of Persons), Teaching Methods
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Blanchard, John – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article tries to show that combining opportunities to imitate and study with self-inspired and autonomous activities can facilitate the exploitation and exploration of different kinds of knowledge and ways of learning. This approach might inform leaders' and teachers' education and development with a focus on promoting students' capability…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Faculty Development, Academic Achievement, Problem Solving
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Quicke, John – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
In this poem the author explores a difficult mentoring session he had with a group of white male working-class pupils who were at risk of being permanently excluded from their secondary school. He describes and analyses the specific context which gave rise to the poem and explains why he found writing a poem a salutary experience.
Descriptors: Mentors, Secondary School Students, White Students, Males
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Jackson, Colin; Povey, Hilary – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article is about Pete's story. It is a story about introducing all-attainment teaching in a secondary school mathematics department and about espousing and enacting a pedagogy and set of practices to enable learning mathematics without limits.
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Instruction
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Wrigley, Terry – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
The notion that 'intelligence' or 'ability' is genetically inherited refuses to die. This article reviews the way such a notion has long been used to justify inequality in society, and considers the methodological failings and deceptions, and the interpretative blind spots, of those who advance the heritability of 'intelligence' as a basis for…
Descriptors: Genetics, Intelligence, Academic Ability, Social Differences
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Hart, Susan; Swann, Mandy; Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
In this article, members of the Learning without Limits research team describe the establishment and work of the Learning without Limits network. This network brings together practitioners, school leaders, academics and others involved in education to further develop approaches to anti-determinist pedagogy, and to consider the issues which arise.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Professional Development, Educational Cooperation
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Bradbury, Alice – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article uses data from a research project exploring grouping practices based on 'ability' in classrooms for children aged 3-7 years in England to consider the relationship between teachers' views of ability and their ways of organising children. The widespread use of grouping with young children and the concomitant 'fixed-ability thinking' by…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Barriers, Educational Change, Resistance to Change
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Webb, Rebecca; Kirby, Perpetua – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article is a call to rebalance and broaden contemporary education to include a focus on both conformity and transformation. It includes an overview of three different models of education, relating to different educational purposes. Two emphasise conformity in knowledge acquisition - 'mastering knowledge' and 'discovering knowledge' - as well…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Models, Knowledge Level
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Watson, Steven – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
Conversations about 'fixed' or innate ability in relation to schools and education have generally considered - though not exclusively so - the psychological and sociological basis of ability, the practicalities and policy formulations. In this article, the author considers the emergent politics of ability and the culture war on social media which…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Academic Ability, Social Media, Discourse Analysis
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Morgan, John – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article defends Michael Young from accusations of simple revisionism, and reasserts the need for the socialist left to debate the nature and importance of school knowledge and of subject disciplines.
Descriptors: Social Systems, Political Attitudes, Intellectual Disciplines, Educational Change
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Grube, Vicky – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
What is the importance of matter in the art making of children? This article introduces the notion that inorganic matter is much more diverse and creative than previously thought. By taking time to putter, pause, and to perceive objects, humans may seize a material vitality with these nonhumans. Perhaps any one thing whether a pencil, a tube of…
Descriptors: Art, Knowledge Level, Learning Theories, Art Products
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Roberts, Carolyn – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
In this article the author remarks on the difference in genesis between the National Health Service (NHS) and comprehensive schools. She argues that we need to develop a clear national understanding of the purpose of schools in society in order to make all-ability schools as popular as the NHS. Finally, she suggests a set of principles upon which…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Public Schools, Foreign Countries, Health Services
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Brighouse, Tim – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
After exploring what we mean by 'public', this article advances the argument that there have been two distinct periods in the post-war English schooling system and argues that the latest one, of markets and managerialism, ushered in on the back of neoliberal economic theories during the 1980s, has internal contradictions if, as both parties…
Descriptors: Public Education, Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism, Politics of Education
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