Providing a framework for understanding the individual needs of pupils, this book describes how you can tailor your teaching methods to maximise learning. You will learn how to take account of your pupils' knowledge, skills and attitudes when selecting and applying principles of instruction, in order to make learning in your classroom as successful as possible. Packed with informative case studies and classroom examples, this book explores how learning is conceptualised, direct instruction, interactive teaching, teaching as scaffolding, and how to overcome obstacles to learning. This is a must-read for all practitioners and students of primary education who wish to understand how to best apply theories of instruction, and provide effective, dynamic teaching.
Chapter 2: New Labour: New Beginning?
New Labour: New Beginning?
In a previous book written just before New Labour was about to take power the hope was expressed that these ‘futon socialists’ would undo some of the damage which had ensued during the last decade of Conservative rule (Galton 1995). However, the manifesto promise of education, education, education got off to an unpromising start when the new Secretary of State for Education began by naming and shaming ‘the 18 worst schools in the country’. As reported by Liz Lightfoot, the then education correspondent of the Daily Telegraph.
Special consultants with proven records of turning schools round are to be sent in. Their £400-a-day fees will be paid by the Government. David Blunkett, the Education Secretary, gave warning that those ...