Creative Schools: “We need to call time on exam-factory education”

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“The shadow secretary of state salutes Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica’s powerful manifesto which opposes standardised testing and calls for a more inspirational approach to teaching” – The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/23/creative-schools-revolutionising-education-from-the-ground-up-ken-robinson-lou-aronica-review This post is a 3Di review of a book review. … Continue reading

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The ArcelorMittal Orbit in No Ordinary Park

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It’s been a long wait but it was worth it. When we took this photograph during the 2012 Olympics, we were disappointed to discover that the ArcelorMittal Orbit wouldn’t be formally opened to visitors until Spring 2014. We’ve now had … Continue reading

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General Election: Education Policy – Over to You

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We’re into the final fortnight of the General Election campaign, and still education remains in the background. This is preposterous considering its importance and how many of us it affects. Over the past week we’ve read and summarised the election … Continue reading

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Reaching a Tipping Point? Education 14 – 19

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Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt For several years 3Di has advocated the abolition of 16+ examinations. The first sign that something might be stirring in our national conversation about GCSEs and high stakes examinations came … Continue reading

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The Real Obstacles to Statutory Status for PSHE Education

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The Guardian has been running a series of education Q & As for each of the political parties. This week it was the turn of Nicky Morgan to respond to some key questions from readers. Here is the Q & … Continue reading

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Education Manifestos in Detail: Part Four – The Green Party

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For our final post on the education election manifestos, we turn to the Green Party. Due to our electoral ‘first past the post’ system, the Green Party isn’t going to grasp the keys to Number 10. Neither are they going … Continue reading

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Education Manifestos in Detail: Part Three – Labour

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It’s hard to forget New Labour and its “Education, Education, Education” mantra which created a feeling of optimism that soon turned to despondency – once we realised what Blair and co meant by “education”. They were talking almost exclusively about … Continue reading

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