The Butler Education Act: 70 Years On

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The Butler Education Act became legislation 70 years ago this week. This important Act made education free for all and established our system based on local education authorities. It also legislated for independent schools and gave schools the freedom to … Continue reading

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“They don’t know what they’re good at”

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This may be a good time to think about the human qualities that drive people to act in ways that are altruistic, charitable, loving, philanthropic and show concern for humanity and social justice. Why do some people appear to be … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Education

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Concerns about the wellbeing of our education system persist regardless of the Easter break. Following a meeting in the House of Commons earlier this month, a letter appeared in the Guardian calling for a “change of direction” for our schools. … Continue reading

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Intimate Worlds: Exhibition for Sex and Relationships Education

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If you find yourself in Devon during the Easter holidays then you might like to visit the “Intimate Worlds” exhibition that is currently taking place at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) in Exeter. Better still, even … Continue reading

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Free Schools, Regional Commissioners and a Mess.

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So, who has been leaking documents from the Department for Education, and more importantly – why? Perhaps, like so many of us who have worked in education for decades, this person can no longer tolerate the damage done to the … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted and Early Years Education

To say that we’re aggrieved by Sir Michael’s latest statement that all children should have “structured” learning in school from the age of 2 is an understatement. And to think that he’s insistent that Ofsted is politically independent of the … Continue reading

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