What does the inside of Nicky Morgan’s head sound like?

Have you ever noticed how it seems that every Department for Education statement, responding to a critical news story (you know the sort of thing: insisting that there is no teaching crisis or maintaining that school funding is sufficient, despite evidence to the contrary) always seems to follow the same format?

There will be a thematic nod towards the issue being criticised, then some statistics that ignore the point being made and which prove that everything is, in fact, tickety bo, if you please.

I always wonder what is going on in their heads as they issue statements that completely ignore the very issue at hand, vehemently toeing the party line to the point of willful self-deception of reality. Luckily, I have uncovered some rare footage of Nicky Morgan talking to Andrew Marr, where you can hear the actual sounds produced by the Education Secretary’s brainwaves: her ‘inner monologue,’ if you like.




2016’s spelling test, tested.

Sue Cowley drew my attention to 2016’s upcoming KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests.

I was bored on a supply placement so I thought I would administer the sample spelling paper to my class.  I’ve scanned one child’s answer sheet in for you.Spelling page 1

Obviously, one child’s paper is not representative of a whole year-group but as you can see, it got a mixed result. The child got some of the harder words right and some of the easier ones were way off.Spelling page 2What do you think of this year’s spelling tests?