#Dear Justine: Helpful Hints – Part Two

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Here are some more thoughts from Twitter on what ought to be the priorities for the new Secretary of State for Education – Justine Greening. (See also our previous compilation of tweets using hashtag – #DearJustine.) https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/dear-justine-helpful-hints-part-one/ As we said … Continue reading

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#Dear Justine: Helpful Hints – Part One

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With a new Secretary of State for Education comes a new hashtag – a polite “Dear Justine”, offering helpful advice and urgent pleas from teachers, educators and parents to Justine Greening. (Thanks to @TES for the suggestion of #DearJustine). It’s encouraging to … Continue reading

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The EBacc Debate: Is it the Right One?

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Yesterday, (4th July 2016), there was a debate in parliament about the EBacc and the potential inclusion of the expressive arts as a compulsory component of the EBacc. Currently, the English Baccalaureate is made up of: English mathematics history or … Continue reading

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The Cohan Lecture: Sir Ken Robinson – Dance is as Important as Maths

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Last weekend we went to see Sir Ken Robinson deliver the Cohan Lecture at The Place. This was our second visit, following the inaugural lecture given last year by Robert Cohan himself. https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/the-inaugural-robert-cohan-lecture-what-matters/ The same title “What Matters?” was suggested … Continue reading

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We need Special Measures for the Department of Education and its Teacher Training Policies

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An epic failure. A colossal mess. There isn’t any other way to describe the performance of England’s Department for Education. Consider the findings of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on “Training New Teachers”: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmpubacc/73/73.pdf Missed targets to … Continue reading

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Negroland: Book of the Week

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Radio 4’s Book of the Week this week is Negroland by Margo Jefferson. Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 to a successful black, middle-class couple in Chicago. Her memoir looks back on her childhood and the black bourgeois upbringing that … Continue reading

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