Suicide Isn’t Painless

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The song from the theme tune of M*A*S*H says “Suicide is Painless”. Clearly, this is not the case.   This week, the Office for National Statistics released data on UK suicides for 2014. It’s horrendous reading: 6122 suicides in the … Continue reading

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Educational Choices – Who Decides?

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‘Choice’ is a word that’s sadly missing from children’s education. So-called ‘creative’ subjects and arts subjects don’t feature in the ‘essential’ GCSEs prescribed by our politicians (though we know that many teachers of the subjects that are included in the … Continue reading

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League Tables and the Master of Wellington

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Julian Thomas, headmaster of Wellington College, has decided that his school will opt out of the annual performance tables in England. In an article in the Sunday Telegraph he said, “In an attempt to make comparisons, league tables have created … Continue reading

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Physical Fitness, Wellbeing and Education. Time to get serious.

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Listeners to Radio 4 this week may have heard Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport since 2003 and the FA’s new Head of Women’s Football, talking about the importance of sport, physical fitness and wellbeing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ycwr0 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Campbell,_Baroness_Campbell_of_Loughborough In the past … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, CentreForum and Comprehensive Education

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Earlier this month Sir Michael Wilshaw gave a speech at CentreForum – a charity that “develops evidence-based research to influence both national debate and policy making”. Wilshaw’s speech was largely focused on attainment and projected outcomes – as one would … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Knights and their Call for Changes to Education

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Is UK education now in an “age of confusion”? According to Sir Tim Brighouse it is. His speech at the Arts and Media School in Islington made it very clear that education is in the midst of a turbulent time … Continue reading

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Lumiere London: The Value of Creativity – Part Two

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Who thought of floating luminous fish over the Regency grandeur of a well-known London street or a billowing net of changing colours over the busiest crossroads in the West End? How did someone envisage white-lit androgynous bodies sitting on buildings … Continue reading

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