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power structures as yet another example of anti russian sentiment in the west the hysterical. russophobe pick campaign from the united kingdom which has brought in gullible friends and allies of london and also i think that if there are no further measures measures that the russian elites are really worried about such as targeting of assets in financial centers around the world like london new york and so cyprus if those don't materialize over the coming days then perhaps moscow will feel the u.s. is taking a diplomatic here but it might have got off rather lightly investigators looking into a fire that killed sixty four people at a shopping center in russia say a security guard switched off the buildings far alarm system exits were also illegally blocked in the mall in the city of kemah over the blaze has been extinguished but many people are still missing saudi arabia has accused iran of
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helping yemen's hooty rebels who want to missile attacks across the border one person died in riyadh after the saudi military it shot down seven missiles fired from yemen late on sunday. egyptians are voting in the presidential election that set to deliver an easy victory for incumbent leader abdel fattah sisi the government is hoping for a high turnout that many polling stations appear to have been largely empty only one of the challenger is running against sisi as your headlines stay with us next it's rebel education thanks for watching by for now. u.s. president donald trump has said he will slap new charis on imports of steel an alum in your bra five will be off the data type about ten times faster than forty we bring you the stories that are shaping the economic world we live in counting the cost at this time on al-jazeera. education. the universal rights to expand arrive and offer better prospects the pulse to
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a better life yet around the globe schools an institution. system has been deemed to be no longer. rethinking what schools are and how they want identifying the feel of the knowledge needed in the twenty first century now a new wave of rebel education is sweeping. educate and radically change the way it will not challenge the old and buck and create opportunities which will impact individuals and then tie a community. james .
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being out on the water with a nautical school like this is a pretty great experience and i love being out here this is a friday period three and look where we're on the road victoria docks that in itself makes the school a great place to be and i think it also inspires us is this go to doing things in different and unique ways we're not bounded by what you would expect which is a great thing. when i first came to the u.k. one thing that did strike me was the amount to which the system for education focuses on exam outcomes there's a lot of punishment associated with doing badly in exams it seems so often leads to really conservative approaches in the classroom and schools there's
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a risk averse process i think there's much more that we should be doing in classrooms then simply getting ready for exams. sit down right listen up please there's not words i told you yesterday that we were going to do going to continue to learn about a movement in america at the minute and actually does they have starting in london
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to call black when people come to the streets in large numbers that's normally called protest and interesting thing about protest is protest and symbols ok you can tell me what a symbol is yes exactly tell you what sounds good so actually what you see the rectally can often be different to what you think of right this is my first years of qualified teacher so this is all i've ever done and i think it would be difficult for me now to return. to i mean for lack of a better mainstream education the good thing about the autonomy here is the fact that you can i can push certain things i can push the issue of representation they give me a framework to do that is a picture of who. i. don't know who is the most famous person that. is beyond say right and what i want you to do is only talk to i want you to tell your partner and i want you to ask them why do you think beyonce has put all of
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these names oh behind talk to the person next to go. on the national curriculum says that teachers are allowed to teach pretty much anything they want according to the official document of the government out we have autonomy to do that it's just the case that often as apartments don't put in systems in place in which teachers can. choose their own tech what is trayvon martin's name stand for in all of the list these are the names i hope that the kids feel that english is for them english is is about learning about the world it's about critiquing things in society and it's about how you can stand up to injustice and that's why i hope the kids feel and that's why i became an english teacher and that's why i try and implement on a on a day to day basis when she. knows
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. this is the time when you get to choose your english teacher is for the next two years we have a set of beliefs and their english department here about you. the first thing we believe is that you can be trusted that you are the perfect person to decide where and how and with whom you learn you decide how hard the program of learning that you think is suitable for you should be you decide the topic you decide the style of learning and then you get on and succeed we do not want to break you and say groups who we think will achieve and groups who we think want that is none of our business at the end of it all you will all say the same g.c.s.e.
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examinations and you will all have the same chance of succeeding but the path you will follow to get there will be very different i'd like to invite you to come forward. mr winnick has a new teacher. as well as teaching english the boys talk drama media alongside lots of bring in those different aspects to. begin to look at that perspective different people's perspective my take my cool about. what freedom is free to me i'm interested in the opinions that you bring to these tax because that's what makes it interesting if you like exploring social issues or things like talking about what we might call big issues such as race and of course poverty and gender then perhaps my course will be from newt will be a long time for me to be expected to be quite often. texts that i have selected. and you're going to have to be willing to do some hard work if you want to be in
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the school i want you to develop the skill with which you speak i want you to be comfortable speaking last i want you to. write and if you reading so that you understand you so much great stuff out for you to understand all your joy that you so much write stuff. i think i might pick mr bright i would teach you if you see him backing. down to our level. you can understand he understands us more it makes you feel like a grown up because it makes you have your own choice your independence to be honest i really don't know who it's a pick because they're all very good with all their individual ideas and everything .
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we have invited you to have a conversation with us about the way that we work in english department. we need to know exactly what it is that you want to say from the teachers and what we can offer you next year. it would not be better if it was what you were each screen whereas. the teacher could also see in this scene where we don't think it's our position to choose just you one of the things that has been proven in research it's going to make the most difference to him his learning is the teacher we feel like it's appropriate for you to have the choice on. your. own. right. every three g. has a blog for each class so you can look at the work
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a bit ruben's being provided with and each student has a blog so you can look at your son's work where you can look at the work by other students and next class if you're interested in seeing what others are doing you can also go on to that same site and find all the information about all the possible badges he could ever want to achieve any concerns or. problems with the idea of us publishing all of this material i don't know how to think that very . out and maybe not all. i don't mind reading the stuff is that it isn't that you need to check yeah you're lucky he's vulnerable yeah yeah we think as a school and as educators it's our job to also inform them about how to be online and by providing them with a publishing mechanism that is under control. they we can then moderate the choices they're making and be and be with them in their online world we're concerned those.
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horrible feeling. i mean. it's important for us if we have or are inclined to do these things to go on to give us because what we do doesn't just come from one person it's actually about all of us it's the student and the teacher is for sharing our experiences of what we've created to give. the thing is a conference between so the only people there except for you will be to cook for things so i'm usually very interested to see how that actually works in a school and one of the things we did we agreed was that it's actually more real. for students to. get your point of view then we just say students really like it
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talk about. what you want to talk about. what the people want to reach of you that might be a different thing i'm not sure. because you engage scream it simply with that she might come out on your own badges and things like that you know it might be that you're in a position to talk about that also often hear english class is different is that it's not is it even though we use our basic skills i was lucky i use it to do you know want to toss things i would do right now if you don't know me to get to have that conversation that normally you'll go into a classroom and another school and they will tell you what your program going is going to be and that's what you do to.
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write. a book along some people from my team in order to validate and verify some of the things they're saying. to talk to a whole new system of working metal coverages teachers and students to take responsibility for themselves ask. ordinary school year. deal what and upload it to your blog and then your teachers can see it you should. expect it to read a book. to read a book. but only that i know of to do their own thing good teacher and i fink that in no way. and. it makes me so yeah i'm a bit of his book. it makes me more. like yourself it
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makes me more. like yourself and think goes up i think i picked up with the quote i thought his course and i think i could relate to it live and you'll have to believe me when i say this i haven't said to for you and say those things right like and so one for you and says i think that mr bryan is course is good for me because it's about in a city and we talk about social issues well i mean i think that if i was in school when i was in school i would have liked to have said that about my teacher and i feel like the fact that we study writers of color. and you can read about those writers of color and he can see himself in those books is very important because if we don't we often talk about the verse in schools right but if we don't have the verse in terms of the things that we study in english how we have a have the verse english teacher says we really like hearing love to hear what you
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have to say about what you do mine but we have cites for everything. to. when i first saw the students were here my i thought is that it's not going to be quite a stick or smooth awesome and i'm going to get i'm going to really get anything out of but i was so moved about you know it was so genuine and honest that it got me to thinking about how awesome sox will make it for my own school that came across that they hadn't handpicked the students the students and put themselves forward and it gave me a feeling of genuine that. made it easier for me to sort of take that and see that it worked. i think i wouldn't have any problem having students choose my classes but i can specifically think of two or three members of my department where students wouldn't pick it and i'd worry as well that those members of staff. would be affected by the fact that they were picked we get a very favorable response to our ideas when we share them with people and at the
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same time they generally say one universal thing and that is we love this but we could never do this we say why not i want to don't take away. our good all. what we do in the english department as a whole is. this is not been easy within a state school institution. people just like change their risk averse and within the scope i have had to battle with people in order to get them
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to agree for us to go ahead with these programs and processes they challenge the very fundamental nature of how schools work giving students parents choice is terrifying for a lot of people in education you've recorded yourselves speaking and you've transcribed those conversations or i want to do now is start to identify as many as possible of these modifications to standard english that you've made in your conversations to the right. you know oh yeah well you know why do you think often you know when you use that word we want to tell you that it was part of our case when you're basically telling a story and one more minute why did you just say since we have such high school exit concert realty in this country if you are going to do something that is different from the norm school leaders. who is going to find it points quite threatening sickly when the school loses though accountable for the course of your
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work. our experience initially of chris's performance when being observed when also this but it was for negative enough not to confidence for a bit if you go on all students but it's a community room and they will make judgments and those just means counterfeits will create the inspector came and looked at my teaching and defined my practice as inadequate i guess there is the sense that a good listener is a listen westerns are sitting behind desks they are quiet and they are studiously engaged in some kind of individual inquiry my view is that they they learn a lot in collaboration with each other what other keep people might call chaos i would often just call active engagement.
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over the years as the results that we have achieved have come through the system and revealed themselves the inspectors are much more amenable to the work we do to the extent that the most recent visit from ofsted ultimately gave us a very good. rating we had to prove ourselves before we would be taken seriously and i do think that if we're going to create change in the way that we have in a system like this you have to have the courage to be willing to fail or to be seen to fail by others. and it's not just external agencies that we have to convince of course we've also got to convince the professionals within the school not. necessarily the smoothest looking in english it's not a model of a few long ones to adults because it is a lot of work and it is a very different way of working and the way that money is a long time used to. change
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. you've got something of a choice about what you do today the way that you've been planning for the data it's. planning your method i'm getting ready to actually do your experiments today i'm about to take over as head of science and i guess and i've been spending a lot of time working with the english department on the ideas that i've had i have already started to try that and i have to result was really fantastic even is that i get to try and prove that they're all full yeah exactly you've made it refutable because you started your sources they certainly enjoyed it and they've requested that it has yours again so this all of us seven eight nine and ten spots eleven to about the age of fifteen are going to be choosing their science teachers next year .
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on the right. we're ready to go every teacher in my department teaches differently we each have different approaches and different classroom philosophies from today you have been given the chance to make a decision that is incredibly important to your success. the kids have been through this before they've done it so many times they know exactly what's right specs and my tame of the people standing there for the first time selling themselves which is something that's not really asked of you very much in teaching way used to being the ones that are very much in control and i agree but if you're more than that what you'll be best last year i didn't really want to make it that we talked about issues that are going on in the world right now that even a little more relevant there's no group i know. you to.
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be prepared. to work on my team in a science department almost entirely name more than half of my department has never told before the tough stuff inside departments in the u.k. at the moment is generally quite high and the reason for that is there's a real shortage of science teachers there students that without this morning. you know seen a few teachers come and go at this stage and a couple of them have said you know what's the point in choosing your teacher if they're going to be leaving soon anyway it sometimes may actually that they have come to believe that that we might disappear on them and not be around to see the records three. zero zero. zero zero zero zero zero zero. zero let. me. tell you it's like you. know i woke up this morning petrified actually because i mean the same feeling as
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many people in the country whenever she was my age you know so we're going to get i mean this piece of paper. it controls our lives with you oh. oh oh oh oh oh. oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh it's pretty exciting to be able to say that the results from this year's english programme at g.c.s.e. of the best way to have. the students that we teach fits into some of the categories nationally that are regarded as some of the least likely to achieve we have students who come from backgrounds of poverty we have students who come from backgrounds of where their parents are migrants students that come from difficult circumstances and given that that's the case and yet they come into this goal and through their time here succeed at a level that is comparable and better than many other students with much greater
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privilege in the country is something we well it's what gets us up in the morning. i don't very well possible issues to be using english language and i'll be studying in next year i've highly highly recommend we celebrate is one of the best season i've ever had is the one report for us i was trained in english and we had and he was one who got me to who got me to do this when they freed their personality and their own force into their lessons that's when the lesson comes. in a in literature and the language. is able to. sort go on knowing what discovery exploration of the language or the text that we're studying and hours each student to develop their. ideas that's probably why it is so good at english alice that it's done fantastically well in english and the reading is proud of them because i am to being an english and not only that easy it's also got
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a slight hurdle with dyslexia and the fact that it's got such amazing results is a credit singing in english to. the great thing about mr ward is he spends toying with me and yet she likes that as i want the child leaves. the other went and said i go back there again many examples over the years where i felt frustrated because i don't think that the school supported me in the way that i'd like to just typical for someone who's trying to be something different i think. but at the same time. ending in what we've got to show for what we have done speaks for itself. this is a really fabulous news for one of the best i've ever worked in there is a unique sense of bonding where everybody teams in that something i feel every time
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