Resources Repository

Resources (scroll down for Selected Essays)
My Education Philosophy:
Explained most clearly in a story called “The Watermelon” taken from Nick Owen’s “The Magic of Metaphor”
Psychology A-Level Teaching:
Anomalistic Psychology Revision Guide
Anomalistic Psychology Scheme of Work – AQA – A2 Level – Paper 4
Cognitive Psychology Scheme of Work – AQA – AS Level
Stress Psychology Scheme of Work – AQA – AS Level
Psychology of Christmas Activity – definitely not on a spec!
Positive Psychology:
What happened next – a resource for getting teachers thinking about the importance of psychology in teaching
The Impact of Learning Metaphors on Student Self-Efficacy & Achievement – My MSc Positive Psychology Dissertation
Selected Essays
This is a collection of essays I wrote because a tutor asked for them during A-Levels or a degree. I’ve chosen ones that I think might be interesting. Some are good examples of writing, others are horribly unstructured and imprecise. The views expressed in them often bear little resemblance to what I currently think such is the inevitable consequence of living and learning. These essays do, however, reflect the things I read, considered and wrote on my way to the opinions I hold today.
Film Studies A-Level:
Discuss how the French New Wave period of the late 1950s and early 1960s represent a fresh alternative approach to film making
With reference to Australian films, discuss what defines them as a product of distinctive national cinema and what marks them out as different from other dominant international cinema
How do elements of cinematic style contribute to the meaning and effectiveness of the extract from “Breaking the Waves”?  And to what extent do their use deviate from conventional realist practices?
How is meaning constructed both visually and aurally through point of view in the extract from Taxi Driver? To what extent is this approach to narration typical of narrative cinema?
Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Oxford University
What determines the level of wages in various occupations? Why do men earn more than women? (Economics, 1st Yr)
“The rise of the Labour Party had more to do with class consciousness than socialism” Discuss (Politics, 2nd Yr)
What is the origin of the underclass? (Politics, 2nd Yr)
If ethnicity is ‘invented’ why is it so prevalent and intractable? (Politics, 2nd Yr)
What is the best explanation for the difference that have developed between social welfare arrangements in different advanced capitalist countries? (Politics, 2nd Yr)
What must survive for me to survive?  (Philosophy, 2nd Yr)
What is meant by a ‘mixed economy of welfare’? How has the mix varied over time in the British Welfare State? (Politics, 3rd Yr)
How has the problem of lone motherhood been defined in Britain and other western countries? (Politics, 3rd Yr)
Is there a crisis of the welfare state? (Politics, 3rd Yr)
Analyse the implications of changing patterns of leisure for relations between social classes (Politics, 3rd Yr)
What is the relationship between the moral value of a work itself and the judgement of the aesthetic quality of the work? (Philosophy, 3rd Yr)
Phd in Education Policy Analysis & Leadership
The importance of the 1944 Letter between AS Neill and Dora Russell
Outline the development of the common or public school system in the 19th century, including differentiation between elementary and secondary education and coeducation of boys and girls
How did competing education ideologies influence the history of US Education Policy?
Masters/Postgrad Certificates in Social Science, Psychology, Health & Social Care.
“Changing Faces, Remaining Hearts: A Comparison of Evita and Calamity Jane
Bowlby placed great emphasis on the role of mothers in childcare in 1953. How relevant are his ideas now in the light of subsequent changes to the family?
Critically evaluate research documenting the beneficial and potentially problematic effects of positive emotions and humour

If only someone had warned them…..

The Guardian today reveal issues with the new college-decided 16-19 bursaries for students remaining in further education.  Predictably not all colleges are playing fair in the way they provide the money nor is it necessarily getting to everyone who needs it.  I say predictably because my New Statesman article last May warned about such dangers.

The patchy nature is not inevitable.  Several schools have put in place transparent procedures supporting the most vulnerable students in the time of need.  But the formulae for working out how much a school get is significantly flawed and the compulsion to provide children in care with cash means that a school with a disproportionate number of fostered students will find their bursary diminished before they even begin.  As note in my NS article that children in care are supported is absolutely imperative.  It was my number one concern when I first heard about the dismantling of EMA, but if a college thinks their entire bursary will be taken by students might the compulsion create a perverse incentive not to take such students?  Could it be that a college turns to a student and says, “We would love to take another student on full bursary but we simply don’t have the cash?”

Cuts are inevitable, but how you do it is as important as who you do it to and why.  Don’t say you weren’t warned.

When Dad Met Ahmed – New LKMCo Blog

My latest LKMCo Blog is a different affair to usual. Instead of hard-hitting policy I opted this week for a more inspirational tale.  Teachers should always be encouraged to think about reform and ensure our voices are heard in the political process, but we also face students in our classrooms everyday who need our attention.  In the last few weeks I have tried to think about what matters to them, day-in and day-out, even as the policy agenda ticks overs – what is it that helps them learn?
This particular blog tells the tale of an afternoon when my Dad visited the school and what it taught me about the value of bringing the people I know outside of school into my classroom so they can share their experience with the children I see each day. After all, my friends and family have contributed to the person who I became today – why can’t they do that for my students too?
Blog can be found here: