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A few years ago I attended a CPD event aimed at linking primary schools in England with similar schools in France, to give children a real-life reason to practise the vocabulary they were learning: to give what they were learning in French lessons context. The course deliverer talked about the ‘importance’ of learning, and I was reminded of this last night during a Twitter conversation with @imagineinquiry, @redgierob, @educationbear, @MissHorsfall, @nancygedge and @michaelt1979. We were discussing the fine distinction between giving learning meaning and giving it context.

The course deliverer talked about a recent bathroom-flooding incident he had experienced. Forgive me if the detail is hazy – I am not and do not want to be a plumbing expert. He told a story where a friend had advised him to change some specific plumbing part (the word ‘olive’ rings a bell?) in his bathroom. He said he had paid…

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