Authentic Assessment: Writing – Learning for Life

The video introducing Symposium 1(B) Middlesex Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2019
On this page: 1 video for the presentation. 2 script and notes. 3 audio of event. 4 Summary reflection video of the event. 5 Link to recent developments.

Dr Mike Howarth Support Tutor Final Year Research Project BSc Education, School of Education.
Learning for life – meaningful assessment for the changing world of tomorrow 6th Sept 2019

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The Real Story Behind Symposium 1(B)

The real story behind Symposium 1(B) is the skills learnt BBC School Radio, where teachers like myself got on-the-job professional training in good communication for effect education teaching and creation of resources.

It is emerging from research by others why School Radio and Television was closed down. We producers, dumped on the scrap heap in 1996, only heard rumours and whispers at the time. The role of Margaret Thatcher in the National Curriculum and infighting at the BBC is now being investigated throughly. A decision that led to the end of public service broadcasting for children, and incidentally, the end of in-house training for staff like me. Now teachers in my symposium have to pay big money to learn teaching methods I was taught.
The Big Picture is the decoupling of the BBC in-house apprenticeship system. It maybe even worse – a story of how outside consultants, introduced the US contract culture to deliberately or by default, disempower an independent national cultural force. The beginning of Trump’s attempt to “help us run the NHS” – privatisation for business advantage? Was it also the beginning of the journey to create students as paid-for consumers of learning too? A theme of the keynote conference speech by Amatery Doku.
Speculation? The evidence of the quality of teaching and learning resources from 75 years of BBC School Radio Education broadcasting stands. A big project collecting School Radio resources for the British Library is also under way. I have a 2hr video interview and 44 page transcript available. Other producers will follow. Remember Radiovision? See here
The true story of Thatcher’s involvement is now unfolding in research by Steven Barclay at Westminster. See here: ]


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