Dylan Wiliam is a world famous educationalist and author probably best known for his research on formative assessment. In this episode, he talks to Greg Ashman about how he became interested in formative assessment, what it is and how it became deployed by the UK government as Assessment for Learning, as well as the importance of a knowledge-rich curriculum, 21st century skills and the issues surrounding educational meta-analysis.
Katharine Birbalsingh is Headmistress of Michaela Community School, a Free School serving inner city London. In this episode, she talks to Greg Ashman about Free Schools, the challenges she faced setting up Michaela, the Michaela approach to learning and to discipline and why everyone should visit and see for themselves. Along the way, Greg and Katharine discuss the opposition to explicit teaching and how to cope with unpleasant comments on Twitter.