An Orwellian Way To End Demoralizing Inset Days

Rachel Jacobs and Lara Ginn describes how their school staff immersed themselves in George Orwell’s 1984 world of Oceana and Truthspeak, to mark a change in educational culture.
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The end of term is about to arrive and the heady days of the start of the year drift further into the subconscious. For most of us teachers, it will have started with a least one Inset day and probably more – I don’t know of a school that goes straight into teaching after the summer holidays without one. The pace of education is such that the critical time for reflecting on what went on during those days, indeed any days, tends to get lost on the ever-increasing speed of the treadmill that characterises life in schools.

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