The concept of ‘town versus gown’ goes all the way back to the founding of medieval universities, and has played an integral, if not always noble, role in their development.
21st century skills – so last century!
Frances Mary Buss, the first ‘Head Mistress’
Curriculum of empire, curriculum of liberation
Alcuin of York
In my view, this little known media scholar is one of the most important figures in the history of education in England, and actually in Europe. To find out why, read my tribute in Teach Secondary magazine. If that piques your curiosity, you can find out more in an edition of Radio 4’s In Our Time dedicated to the man. […]
100 learning theorists
Donald Clark is perhaps unusual amongst edtech entrepreneurs in that he knows his education theory very well. He has distilled this knowledge into a highly readable series of short articles about 100* key educational thinkers, ranging from ancient philosophers to modern-day pedagogists and innovators. Clark outlines their main contributions to education and assesses their legacy. It’s a hugely valuable resource […]
Why is the history of education worth knowing?
Understanding how schools developed in the past can help us make good decisions about how they should look now and in the future. Are you curious about the past? Are you a keen reader? If the answer to both these questions is yes, you’re in luck. There are history books available about pretty much every aspect of human life over […]
Schools through the ages: an illustrated history
Tuesday 12th May, 8-9pm BST As a lockdown experiment, I’m giving an online version of my introduction to the history of education. 1500 years in 40 minutes, covering the evolution of schools in England from the first grammar school to the beginnings of the state system. It will explain the profound impact that events such as the Black Death, the […]