Mud Turtles and Multiple Intelligences – More Thoughts on Examinations

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We’ve already tweeted a link to this Guardian magazine piece by Lucy Mangan, but for those who missed it here’s a brief overview, plus a few of our own thoughts on ‘credentialism': Sitting exams is a game, and the game … Continue reading

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Rotherham Sexual Abuse: Can we now have statutory SRE?

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Almost a year ago, we wrote a post about sex and relationships education (SRE) titled “Let’s be Clear about SRE”. https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/lets-be-clear-about-sre/ At the time, Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, had expressed his support for updating the SRE guidance – … Continue reading

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GCSEs: Which Side Are You On?

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First the good news. The Guardian published an article this week posing the question, “What is the point of GCSEs?“ http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/19/are-gcses-still-relevant-education-training-age-18 It has followed this up with a column in todays’s paper written by Peter Wilby:   GCSEs are obsolete … Continue reading

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Season of Statistical Scrutiny: Where are the Young People?

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So the GCSE and A-Level examination circus is over for another year, apart from requests for re-marks. There are celebrations and disappointments for those who have taken these exams and somehow these real young people are overlooked in the analysis … Continue reading

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Narrowing the Gap and Cultural Entitlement

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In his most recent article, Will Hutton, has drawn attention to the significant problem of narrowing the gap between affluent and financially disadvantaged young people being accepted into university. Needless to say, the figures are startling yet unsurprising. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/17/university-access-unfair-poor-students-inequality-fees?CMP=twt_gu “From … Continue reading

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