Summer Turner

I teach, therefore I am.

What makes a great curriculum?

At the recent PTE Campaign conference on ‘What makes great schools great?’ I was asked to speak on a panel in response to the question ‘What makes a great curriculum?’ … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thinking Harder: Why Research Matters

There is a big argument about whether teaching is an art or a science, and much of the criticism of research or evidence in education is that it is reductive … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

Curriculum Leadership

Forget Jeremy Corbyn at Glastonbury, the real headliner of this year’s summer festivals was Ofsted’s Amanda Spielman at Wellington College. In a seismic moment, the chief inspector united the crowd … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Review: ‘Rules for Mavericks: A Manifesto for Creative Dissidents’

In his book ‘Rules for Mavericks: A Manifesto for Creative Dissidents’, Beadle argues from the position of a system-breaker and does so with a rage which can only suggest he … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

GESF Conference Day Two – celebrating education

After a night of excitable education discussion (and some less salubrious rugby watching) with the UK education crowd, and a majestic breakfast at my hotel, I was ready for another … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

GESF Conference: Day One – elephants and sharks.

In Jonathan Haidt’s books ‘A Righteous Mind’ he explores how despite the fact that many of us believe we are rational beings, we are mostly guided by our intuitions and … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Should the curriculum be prescribed or should teachers have autonomy?

This is a slightly lengthier version of my introduction to answering this question as part of a panel at the #ChoosingKnowledge event on Saturday 11th February 2017. I think this … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 3 Comments

Audaces fortuna iuvat- making the move to the Inspiration Trust

In many ways this blog is evidence of the journey I have taken in my thinking about education. It has been, both the means for and the evidence of, my … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Choosing Knowledge

Like many fellow Twitter users, I’ve become fairly bored with the knowledge vs. skills debate; not because I think it’s a false dichotomy or not worthy of discussion but because … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

‘Secondary Curriculum and Assessment Design’ – the reviews.

Writing and publishing a book is a daunting experience, but sending it out for a review (especially when you are sending it to colleagues who have inspired your writing) is … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment