Last month Ofsted published its quarterly statistical release on the outcomes of early years and childcare inspections conducted between 1 September 2008 and 31 December 2014 (Ofsted 2015)*. Whilst such a document does not necessarily appeal to a wide audience, this one contains some interesting information and indicates the effect of Ofsted’s current approach to these inspections.
At the start of the year, MSA was pleased to welcome Stephen Tommis to our National Council meeting. It was good to have him come for the day’s meeting and he proved to be a positive listener and contributor to our discussions. I have since had other meetings with Stephen and our discussions about the way forward for the charity and MSA’s role within it have been very useful. It is most helpful for MSA to have such support as well as a ‘sounding board’ for ideas and developments.
You may be wondering why – apart from its obvious colourful appeal – we chose the cover image we did for an information technology-themed issue of the magazine. Well, IT feeds cognitive development and its various manifestations can act as first-rate educational tools in some quarters, but nothing beats encouraging the joy of life. We need to remember that in contemporary early years education the two run in parallel: internet access helps to research subjects like the Holi festival, but then it’s time to go outside and throw some paint around.
Richard House (2011) in Too Much Too Soon talks about fear of the practitioner, he argues that the term within research (technology) has been misunderstood. Teachers are not fearful of using technology but fearful of the impact on the child’s development. He contends that those of us at the grass roots should be valued for our opinion. And he is right.
Today I reflected back on the MSA conference on 21st March.
We are pleased to share with you our MSA Conference Brochure on the theme of ‘Technology and Montessori in the 21st Century’. It was another highly successful event attended by more than 820 delegates. Sarah Rowledge, MSA Primary Chairperson, reports on how the day went which will be featured in the next issue of the Montessori International magazine issue 115 out in April so get your copy now.
Montessori St Nicholas, the leading charity for Montessori in the UK is excited to announce Montessorian of the Year 2015 – Carol Powell, Head Teacher of Gorton Mount Primary Academy School.
The Montessori Schools Association presented the award to Carol Powell, Head Teacher at Gorton Mount Primary Academy School at the Annual Montessori Schools Association Conference which took place at the Institute of Education, London on Saturday 21 March.