Inside Out and A Child of our Times

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Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme today contained a superficial item on ‘brain science’ and on human emotions – hanging a discussion on a new Pixar movie (plug) called Inside Out. The Guardian’s review of the movie tells us “It’s about what’s … Continue reading

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Ofsted and Personal Development Judgement

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The latest Ofsted Framework has been released ready for use in September. There are some significant changes, particularly regarding the limiting judgement of “Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare”. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436039/School_inspection_handbook_from_September_2015.pdf It is this section that we are writing about today. The … Continue reading

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Children in Distress: The NUT/Hutchings “Exam Factories?” Report

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If we can judge a nation by the way it treats its children, and by the overall wellbeing of its children, then please consider the following evidence from the NUT in today’s Guardian and elsewhere: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/jul/04/children-exams-teachers-school-anxiety-nut Children ‘in complete meltdown’ … Continue reading

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Opposition to the new Education Bill

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According to an editorial in the Guardian “Nicky Morgan is wrong to remove parents’ right to object to a school being forced to convert to an academy” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/22/guardian-view-education-bill-needs-improvement This is not only wrong – it’s an outrage. This is the … Continue reading

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Inequality of Wellbeing: Will Nicky Morgan now pay attention?

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Are Britain’s children and young people mentally and emotionally healthy? How important is their mental health and wellbeing to their long-term life satisfaction? There’s an obvious response to these questions. Vitally important, and more important than anything else. More important, … Continue reading

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C4’s “Dispatches” – “Cheating the System” – Why?

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This week Channel 4’s Dispatches featured an investigation into the education examination system. “Cheating the System” was its title. A more appropriate investigation would have been “Why is there cheating in the system?” The reporter Seyi Rhodes investigated reported “cheating” from … Continue reading

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