“Sex in Class” – A ‘Sex Positive’ Approach to Learning

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At the beginning of August Channel Four aired two programmes, “Sex in Class”, about the sorry state of Sex and Relationships Education in the UK. Goedele Liekens, a Belgian Sex Education expert and UN Ambassador for Sexual Health, was invited … Continue reading

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School Attendance and Punishing the Parents

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Last week we tweeted our comments on the criminalisation of parents who disregard a school’s refusal to “authorise” children’s absences. Is this the best way to champion children’s rights? To bring the full weight of a criminal court crashing down … Continue reading

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Universities and Unconditional Offers. Why not?

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Why do universities insist upon “conditional” rather than “unconditional” offers? Who benefits from this policy? Who endures unnecessary stress and angst because of the conditional offer status? Recent experience of the UCAS process for applications to universities has made us … Continue reading

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Hiroshima

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Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft. It claimed the lives of at least 140,000 people in the city. A ceremony, attended by PM … Continue reading

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Chinese School – A Student’s Response

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Do we value the opinions of our young people? Do their responses to school help us to improve our system of education? In our blog post yesterday we published some initial thoughts on BBC 2’s “Chinese School”, which was broadcast … Continue reading

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Chinese School – some reflections on the first programme

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So what did we make of “Chinese School”? – shown last night on BBC 2. In the first place, it wasn’t as terrible as it could have been. * The five Chinese teachers who’d been flown in from Shanghai for … Continue reading

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