Manifestos in Detail: Part Two – Conservatives and UKIP

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It seems Conservative Central Office forgot to check the date of Primary schools “offer week” in England. With immaculate timing the Conservative party’s election manifesto was published this week, with its first statement on education as follows: “We will ensure … Continue reading

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Education Manifestos in Detail: Part One – The Liberal Democratic Party

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Whichever political party wins the election, it’s evident from a review of their manifestos there will be a continuing struggle afterwards to create a school system fit for the 21st Century. With alarming statistics showing the poor mental health of … Continue reading

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How can we do the right thing?

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Of the six intelligences we describe in our 3D model, the one that involves no thought and no logic is the one that’s the least considered and sometimes the hardest to comprehend. We’re talking here about instinctual intelligence – a … Continue reading

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Education Pledges from the Political Parties

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There’s a useful website that may help you decide which political party you’ll vote for in the General Election. https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ The fact that it anonymises a series of political statements, so that you don’t know which party each statement comes … Continue reading

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More and More Testing . . .

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As the Easter fortnight draws to a close and teachers step up their preparations for the Summer term we’ve been hearing reports of Year 6 children going into school every morning for at least the past week in order to … Continue reading

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Religion, Education and the Public Domain

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Our attention this Easter has been on the General Election and also on those parts of the world where people are terrorising, killing, maiming and abusing one another for no other reason than their membership a particular religion or religious … Continue reading

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Testing and Re-testing . . . and forgetting the individual child

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The news today that an incoming Conservative government would re-test children who “fail” their Year 6 SATs has shocked educators who may not have believed politicians could conjure up yet more preposterous and inappropriate policies. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/apr/07/tories-resits-pupils-fail-end-primary-school-exams-key-stage-2 Sadly experience tells us … Continue reading

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