Monthly Archives: June 2014

Festival of Education: The Politicians Speak

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The Festival of Education at Wellington gives those interested in education the opportunity to listen and speak to those who have determined policy over the decades. As previously reported, the first morning brought Kenneth Baker to the festival, with a … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Comprehension of the Comprehensive System

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Sir Michael Wilshaw’s speech at the opening of the Sunday Times Festival of Education was somewhat provocative and controversial. Whether this was a deliberate move on his part is debatable. What was clear was that there was inflammatory language used … Continue reading

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A Personal View of the Festival of Education, Wellington College

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Anyone who is interested in education and has never been to the “Sunday Times Festival of Education”, held at Wellington College, should seriously think about attending next year. There’s an extraordinary amount of speakers – practitioners, politicians and a few … Continue reading

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Crucial Days for Education in England

These are crucial days for the re-shaping of our national policies on education. We need a major rethink on how the education system is run in England. We need as many teachers, educationalists, students, parents and other stakeholders as possible … Continue reading

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Tolerance, Values, Virtuous Living and Our Education

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What do we value? Do we have to consider what we value about education as well as these “British Values” that everyone is talking about? There’s plenty in the news about values at the moment. Every Tom, Michael and David … Continue reading

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Birmingham, the Country and the Powers of the Secretary of State

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The disastrous and destructive situation in the “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham has been highly reported over the last few weeks. Stories of extremism, control for power, bullying, manipulation of the truth, imposition of ideologies that don’t consider the all-round … Continue reading

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Children’s Rights and Birmingham Schools

Here we go again with more concern about the rights and the wellbeing of our children and young people. What do we mean by “child protection”? More political argy-bargy about school governance, accountability, countering extremism of various kinds – but … Continue reading

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