In the attached podcast, Sima Kotecha from the BBC talks to teachers and students and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson girls’ school in north London.
The sentiments in the broadcast echo those of Alison Jamieson and Jane Flint in their book Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher’s Handbook for Extremism.
Both the podcast and the book show that schools can play an important role through providing opportunities for discussion and debate.
As Alison Jamieson, an expert in terrorism, explains:
‘One can’t promise children that attacks will never happen again, but one can provide them with reliable and objective information.
It is important for children to understand what terrorists want: they want governments to over react, they want publicity or attention; they want to change behaviour; they want to stir up hatred between different groups of people. Terrorists don’t want us to stand together and feel united. Most of all they want to keep violence and hatred going.
Knowing that terrorism can and does end, as the examples of Northern Ireland and South Africa show, can help address some of the very real fears and concerns that children have today.’
A thought-provoking article considering the Prevent strategy but also how to moderate classroom discussions on terrorism has been published in the latest Teach Secondary magazine.
“Don’t ask children what they want to be when they grow up but what problems they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that. ” Jaime Casap, Google Global Education Evangelist
Here is a link to the speech that Nick Gibb (Minister of State for School Reform) gave at a conference last Tuesday, organised by the Educational Publishers Council of the Publishers Association, in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association.
As you will see, Nick Gibb is strongly in favour of getting more high-quality textbooks into classrooms. In the question and answer session after his speech, he did say that there was room for other high-quality resources (and as a publisher of ‘other high-quality resources’ I sighed a big sigh of relief!)
This is such a powerful video. François Dufour, the Editor in Chief of Le Petit Quotidien, France’s only national newspaper for children, talks to a group of children about what they want to know and understand, following the atrocious events of last Friday.
Schools would have money to buy textbooks if they stopped all teachers from photocopying.
Nick Gibb, Minister for Schools, made this assertion when he came to talk to publishers at a conference organised by the Educational Publishers Council of The Publishers Association in partnership with the British Educational Suppliers Association.
I looked up the price of one of the maths schemes the Minister said he liked. The textbooks were £10 each and the workbooks £8.50. This means that, if you were a one-form entry school with 30 children in each class, the scheme costs £1800 for the textbooks, with ongoing annual costs of £1530. I know the publishers probably give a discount for bulk sales, but that is just for one subject.
I would be really interested to know from schools how that compares to your photocopying budget.