Monthly Archives: January 2015

League Tables and their Distortion of the Purpose of Education

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This week, the secondary performance data – league tables – were released. Every year, we hear dissenting voices about the purpose of these tables. Every year, they are published without due regard for the concerns of many as to their … Continue reading

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The Headteachers’ Roundtable Conference – Refining a Manifesto for Education

On Monday this week the Headteachers’ Roundtable held a conference at Highbury Grove School to discuss its draft election manifesto. The Headteachers’ Round Table has released its own election manifesto, identifying five areas with additional policy proposals that any incoming … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Ed Miliband and Tristram Hunt on Mental Health

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Dear Mr Miliband and Mr Hunt, We welcome the Labour Party’s Review of Mental Health and the clear understanding that insufficient money has been spent on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. We also welcome the clear statement regarding prevention … Continue reading

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Wellbeing: Change or Status Quo?

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Three headlines from the BBC Education website – at first glance unrelated but with a possible connection: First headline: “Children’s mental health service cut” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30735370 Second headline: “Parents ‘ignore school league tables’” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30731164 Third headline: “Short-term politics ‘damages schools’” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-30711726Continue reading

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