Sue Cowley #OnAMonthOff Profile picture
Author, speaker, teacher educator, gardener, rattler of cages. Chair of preschool committee. She/her. Contact for CPD bookings & writing
Nov 19, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
I think I've figured out why @Ofstednews is in such a mess around curriculum in the early years. The problem is all about their definition of learning. #thread 1/n 🧵 ⬇️ They want to believe that learning is about memorising a linear sequence of 'knowledge items' so they can say that 'progression' is about moving along that line. ('Curriculum is the progression model'). 2/n ⬇️
Oct 7, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Okay, so here's where we are with @educationgovuk as far as I'm concerned. 🧵

Their behaviour towards children, parents and staff is completely reckless. Basically no real Covid mitigations while case numbers rage and children are hospitalised. 1/n While government kind of claims to want to do something about systemic misogyny against women and girls (if they could remember the definition), we get this rubbish from @nadhimzahawi. 2/n
Mar 16, 2021 8 tweets 2 min read
Okay I'm going to take a deep breath, post this, and then go into the garden for a few hours. Some things that men can do to better support women on social media and more generally. 1/n #thread ⬇️ 1. Consider who you retweet and in what way. What does your attitude to women's/WoC's voices look like?
2. If women object to what you thought was a joke, don't shrug it off, say it was 'just bantz' or claim they are over reacting. 2/n
Sep 7, 2020 71 tweets 29 min read
I'm going to spend some of today reading the new #DevelopmentMatters in depth and tweeting some extracts/questions. Currently pondering this bit - how do we define "high-quality play"? Sitting here with copies of the old and new versions of #DevelopmentMatters in front of me. One obvious observation is that the old version feels much easier to 'dip in and out' of, because of the way that it's structured.
Jan 17, 2019 10 tweets 2 min read
Another short(ish) thread about #Ofsted ... I no longer have any faith (and I never had much) in the impartiality of the inspectorate. As far as I’m concerned, this is not what an ‘evidence informed’ organisation looks like - this is an ideological inspectorate that has a view and quotes only the evidence that backs it up.
Apr 11, 2018 21 tweets 3 min read
I've been asked to send @educationgovuk an email with my questions about the #baselinetest. Here's a thread of the questions I've asked so far. 1. Will parental consent be requested to test the children and to gather and store the data, given the fact that they will not be of compulsory school age?