Code Switching: What Teachers Need to Know

Code Switching: What Teachers Need to Know

The national curriculum aims for every pupil to learn how to use Standard English in writing and verbal communication. Teachers need to know that treating the features of non-standard dialects as if they are β€œerrors” does not guarantee that pupils will suddenly start speaking or writing in standard English. Continue reading Code Switching: What Teachers Need to Know

Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language

Ofsted have an unerring knack of making us feel inadequate. My introduction to this came earlier than most. It came before I was a teacher. Before I’d even thought about becoming a teacher. Fresh out of university, it turned out I didn’t have the world at my feet. Instead, to supplement my limited workplace experience of checkout scanning and pint-pulling, I registered with a temping agency who sent me on a number of instructive assignments. The first was performing admin duties at the Serious Fraud Office where, perhaps unsurprisingly, temp staff weren’t included in briefings. Next came a stint at … Continue reading Speaking School: It’s Like Learning Another Language