A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

October 14, 2014
by Jean

The Educators – Salman Khan

sal khanThe last radio programme¬† in the series The Educators featured Salman Khan, who set up The Khan Academy. It uses online video lessons with a mission statement that reads: ‘For free. For everyone. Forever.’

You can read more about The Khan Academy here:

The Khan Academy

You can read an article about Salman Khan here:

Guardian article

The first videos that Salman Khan posted were focused on secondary mathematics. If you are studying for your GCSE maths maybe you should have a look.

Salman Khan has also given a TED Talk that you can watch here:

TED Talk

Towards the end of the programme Khan talks about ‘flipped learning’ and the ‘flipped classroom’. By this he means that pupils or students complete set work outside the classroom and then in the classroom the teacher helps them understand it and gives them personalised support. The Education Endowment Fund is evaluating this approach and you can read more about it here:

EEF Research into flipped learning

If you have any experience of flipped learning or The Khan Academy please add your thoughts in the comments below.



September 8, 2014
by Jean

The Educators – Daisy Chrisodoulou

On Wednesday September 3rd Sarah Montague interviewed Daisy Chrisodoulou on ‘The Educators’ on Radio 4. The programme is available on i-player and I will add it to Box of Broadcasts.

DCDaisy Chrisodoulou writes a blog that you access here:

The Wing to Heaven

She is currently the Research and Development Manager at ARK Schools in the UK.

The book that she discusses with Sarah Montague is:

Christodoulou, C. (2014) Seven Myths about Education. London: Routledge.

As with any writing in the field of education it is important that we think critically and evaluatively about what we read. Tom Sherington, on his blog Headteacherguru, has written a post about Christodoulou’s book that you can access here:

A Perspective on ‘Seven Myths’



What do you think about the views Christodoulou shared in the programme?

August 29, 2014
by Jean

The Educators – John Hattie

On Wednesday 20th August in the radio 4 programme ‘The Educators Sarah Montague interviewed John Hattie.

You can look the programme up on i-player and I will add it to Box of Broadcasts.

John HattieYou can read a commentary and discussion about the broadcast and about the ideas of John Hattie on David Didau’s blog ‘Learning Spy‘.

This is a link to the post ‘What does John Hattie think about education?

There is some interesting discussion of this in the comments section below the post. For students it is interesting to read this discussion and consider the views put forward. It is important to remember that we should read the primary source to really understand the views and research. There is a lot of this available on the Visible Learning website.

What do you think about what you heard in the programme? Post your comments below.

The programme is supported by this link to the Open University website – OU The Educators