Summer Turner

I teach, therefore I am.

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Pub quiz or published? What are the aims of a knowledge-rich curriculum?

Part One I have been an advocate of a knowledge-rich curriculum since around 2013, which is relatively recently and in that time I have experienced several iterations of this approach … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

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

Knowledge Organisers – facts not fads

There’s been an interesting set of discussions recently on the blogosphere about the use of knowledge organisers in schools. I don’t think there is a magic bullet which is the … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 5 Comments

Leadership – finding the perfect note

A write up of my presentation at #TMExcel #Leadership According to LinkedIn (!) it’s my third year anniversary of being a leader. It’s an interesting time to try to work … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Curriculum matters – a strategic plan

My slides from the Harris Academy October Conference. In this presentation, I gave an overview of the way a school/subject leader could begin thinking about the process of curriculum design. … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

That’s how the light gets in

My presentation at #TMEastLondon entitled: ‘Adding SPARKLE to Curriculum and Assessment Design’ ‘Curriculum and Assessment Design’ isn’t the sexiest title – as many of my family and friends were quick … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chasing magic: WomenEd

One holiday during my childhood, we stayed in a old English country cottage. I had, if memory serves me right, just reached the age where I could be trusted to … Continue reading

October 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Radically Academic: a new approach to CPD

My slides from ResearchEd 2016 – 10/9/16. Book available for pre-order here:  

September 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Becoming an expert – Curriculum and Assessment Design.

At ResearchEd Rugby and ResearchEd York this year, I presented on curriculum and assessment design. In the sessions I explored the idea of the missing expertise in curriculum and assessment … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Burden of Care

First posted on the Labour Teachers Blog. During my childhood, I was once given the responsibility of supervising my much younger cousin as we walked down to the flat sand … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Don’t tell me there’s no joy.

At my school, It is exam season once again (half-termly tests are our norm and now end of year exams are near) and the library is full of pupils pouring … Continue reading

May 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Curricula, Curricula!

I love curriculum. Talking about it, playing with it, designing it, implementing it, enacting it, assessing it. (So much so that I often find myself singing ‘Curricula, Curricular’ to the … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Dystopian Education

First posted on the Labour Teachers Blog. I don’t really get BETT. Every time I go there, I feel like I just am missing out on a secret that everyone … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

‘When Are They Going to Find me Out?’

In the run up to this event it has been interesting to see how many speakers have expressed a nervousness about the prospect of presenting today. Much of this has … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 6 Comments

The Tyranny of Testing?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending an Intelligence Squared education debate. The motion was: ‘LET’S END THE TYRANNY OF THE TEST. RELENTLESS SCHOOL TESTING DEMEANS EDUCATION’. It was a battle … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

I Have a Feeling

Women, Leadership and Emotions. My StaffRm Post for @WomenEd DigiMeet September 2015 I feel a lot. All the time. I like to think of it as, you know, living. … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · 1 Comment

Positive Activism

Positive activism is something that I have become convinced of as a way to understand how we can improve education. For me it means an engagement in fighting for the … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Where the Sun Shines – Pedagoo London 2015

A write-up of my keynote at Pedagoo 2015. I am really honoured to be the final speaker today. Much like many of the people who have spoken today, I have … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Emptiness of Labour’s Education Policy

A blog I posted on the Labour Teachers blog. The post prompted some to suggest I was arguing against Labour as a party – I don’t accept this. I was criticising … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

To my form

For my first and only form (who I was honoured to tutor for three years) on their Year 11 Leavers Day. With thanks to Ms Pinto who put in all the hard … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

‘Character vs Knowledge?’ Are we creating a false dichotomy?

Keynote speech from East London Science School and Education Foundation Event: ‘Character vs Knowledge? What is the purpose of education?’ Saturday 25th April 2015. The moment that this event was … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 10 Comments

‘Miss? Is it true you’re a feminist?’

Sexism and education is something I have thought about a lot over the years, yet I have avoided speaking or writing publicly about it in length before now.¹ It was … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 12 Comments

Giving Teachers a Seat at the Table.

An edited write up of my speech from the #PolicyMeet hosted by @EdnFoundation and @labourteachers at the Labour Conference in Manchester. Professionalism and CPD. I was really nervous about speaking at this event. It’s pretty … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

TeachMeet LNS: Presentation on ‘Co-Construction: a learning journey’.

On Tuesday 22nd January 2013, @Edutronic_Net and I ran an internal TeachMeet at our school. This is my presentation. Many thanks to Tom Sherrington @headguruteacher who introduced me to this … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment