Category Archives: opinion

I choose joy

On Sunday I posted the following image on Twitter with the comment I choose joy. I’ve  pondered this post all week and finally found time to write it. It’s provoked by an increasing trend to point out all that is bad in life, and more specifically, education. Whilst I am quite aware that there are a […]

Cooking on gas – #ililc5

I was rather gobsmacked when Zena asked me to do the closing keynote at #ililc5. An offer I couldn’t refuse but daunting nonetheless. Especially as there was no ‘theme’ this year so I could talk about ‘anything’ according to my instructions! As Christmas came and passed and I still hadn’t really been inspired, I grew […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – Presidents’ Address

ALL Presidential team Cynthia Martin – Past president Karl Pfeiffer – President Bernadette Holmes – President elect – absent so we had a ‘supply president’ in the form of Steven Fawkes Looking back to look forward Whilst KS2 entitlement still stands, it’s uncertain and as yet there are no clear messages from the coalition about […]

#LanguageWorld2011 – Languages:Reboot

Languages:Reboot Chris Harte, Cramlington Learning Village Chris’ presentation is on his website so I’m not going to recap blow by blow – just some notes! Needless to say, he was brilliant and will be missed when he goes Down Under. 3 preconditions to learning Ganas – WIIFM Belief – I can’t do it yet…. “Do something […]

#PurposedPSI

On Saturday I attended the Purpos/ed Summit for Instigators in Sheffield, meeting with others to debate the purpose of education and discuss how we might ‘kickstart’ a wider debate on the subject. Part of the time was given over to 3×3 presentations by attendees – 3 slides in 3 minutes on the question of the […]

Transformers…

Image from gcouros on Flickr This really struck a chord with me – I am definitely a glass half full type of person. I know that there have been times when I’ve stayed out of the staffroom, or have avoided certain members of staff as their negativity has dragged me down. And I can identify […]

Hopes for future of Primary Languages.

What are your hopes for Primary Languages in 2011 and onwards? Would you like to make your voice heard by ‘important people’?  By that I mean people who make policy and decide what the really important people ie the pupils get to experience at school. In response to the White Paper released last week which […]

ALL Together

I received this message today from Linda Parker, Director of ALL (Association for Language Learning) ALL together – let’s speak out about languages! 20-26 September 2010 The Association for Language Learning  would like to know about the issues which particularly concern you about the teaching and learning of languages and suggestions of things that should be […]

What’s happening to Primary Language Learning?

There has been much debate about the status of Primary Language Learning, beginning when the General Election process led to the rejection of The New Primary Curriculum being added to the Statute books.  Will the entitlement become statutory or will, heaven forbid, PLL be abandoned? Forums have been buzzing with ideas opinions and worries. Today, […]