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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER


THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS


~ COCKERMOUTH SCHOOL NEWS ~


“Step this way Ladies and Gentlemen. Please don’t touch the exhibits and if you could remove your nose from the glass young man, I’d be very grateful. Within this museum are examples of some of the educational ideas that were very popular in the last few years but have now fallen into disrepute. Over here, we enter the Expanse of Extinct Examinations containing such rare beasts as Diplomas (What’s that? You’ve never heard of them?), a lesser-spotted AS level and a real rarity, a grading system for GCSE exams using letters. Mind your step as we cross into the Tomb of Thinking Skills and feast your eyes on the now dead model of Learning Styles (You’d like to touch it Sir as you’re a kinaesthetic learner? l think not). Gaze in awe at an actual Brain Gym exercise - apparently Sir, these exercises should be performed at certain points in the lesson to aid learning. Finally, follow me into the Palace of Prescription. Look, an actual Finnish school that can be transplanted anywhere in the world and here, a school from London that we should all emulate (Pardon Madam? You have ‘zero tolerance’ for such ideas?).”


So, let’s allow P.T. Barnum to fade into the distance as we remove the veil of cynicism. It’s true that many of these ideas were expounded as being the panacea that would fix education in our country. Some are still in the limelight, others have faded into obscurity and some, if we wait long enough, will be back round again. My point is that the easiest thing to do in education is to jump on the latest bandwagon. It is easy to grab the latest ideas, pre-packaged, off the shelf and (often using incomplete evidence) throw them into a school as the way forwards. Of course, we should all be open to new ideas, this is not about being blinkered; but new ideas must be evaluated critically and they must be contextualised for our school. At Cockermouth School, we’ve committed to a straightforward approach that has stood the test of time. We’re committed to ensuring that students are safe, that they’re happy and that they are clear about where the boundaries are regarding their behaviour. We are completely focused on delivering high quality teaching and learning, day in and day out, in every lesson, by every member of staff. That’s our school improvement plan, that’s the basis of our teacher professional development programme, that’s something we all believe in. No snake oil required!


Dr. Rob Petrie, Headteacher


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