Monthly Archives: June 2015

Opposition to the new Education Bill

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According to an editorial in the Guardian “Nicky Morgan is wrong to remove parents’ right to object to a school being forced to convert to an academy” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/22/guardian-view-education-bill-needs-improvement This is not only wrong – it’s an outrage. This is the … Continue reading

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Inequality of Wellbeing: Will Nicky Morgan now pay attention?

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Are Britain’s children and young people mentally and emotionally healthy? How important is their mental health and wellbeing to their long-term life satisfaction? There’s an obvious response to these questions. Vitally important, and more important than anything else. More important, … Continue reading

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C4’s “Dispatches” – “Cheating the System” – Why?

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This week Channel 4’s Dispatches featured an investigation into the education examination system. “Cheating the System” was its title. A more appropriate investigation would have been “Why is there cheating in the system?” The reporter Seyi Rhodes investigated reported “cheating” from … Continue reading

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Pressurised High-Stakes Exams – Why?

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Today my son is taking his penultimate A-Level examination. He’ll then have to wait a seemingly interminable time to find out whether he’s achieved the required grades to continue his education at his preferred university. My son is fortunate that … Continue reading

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The Robert Cohan Lecture: What Matters?

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Readers may have noticed our tweets from the lunchtime lecture at The Place yesterday – the inaugural annual Cohan Lecture which was given by Robert Cohan himself. After a brief opening address Mr Cohan took part in a conversation with … Continue reading

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Drawing a Line with Chris Riddell: Children’s Laureate 2015-17

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“Do you have hands? Excellent. That’s a good start. Can you hold a pencil? Great. If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever. Doodle. Take a line for a walk, as Paul … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Education: An Overdue Conversation

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Are we ever going to get education right if we can’t agree on its aims and purposes? Are the purposes espoused by some diametrically opposed by others? Isn’t there some synergy worth considering that will unite all educators? Naively sometimes, … Continue reading

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Education, Creativity and “The highest purposes in life”

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“If we’re going to die when we graduate, isn’t it what we do before that counts?” Spoken by a character in “An Education” (2009) – shown on BBC4 last night. Last week we wrote about the achievements of Coventry University … Continue reading

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Sir Ken Robinson’s “Creative Schools”: Some Preliminary Thoughts

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Before publishing our thoughts on Sir Ken Robinson’s latest book “Creative Schools: Revolutionising Education from the Ground Up”, we’ll make a brief comment on education bloggers and their opinions. Anybody who goes to the trouble to write at length about … Continue reading

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