Monthly Archives: February 2016

Teachers quitting and a government in denial

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In Finland teaching is the most respected profession. It attracts the best, the most able and the most creative young people, and it’s the most difficult profession to enter on account of its popularity and prestige. In England things are … Continue reading

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Parents, children, and “an unfamiliar sense of dread”. The need for change in our system of education.

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If you haven’t seen it already we urge you to read the latest column by John Harris in the Guardian. (Memo to Guardian: why isn’t ‘Education’ on one of the tabs at the top of your website? It’s difficult to … Continue reading

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Children’s Mental Health Week: Action not Polemics

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Week – a time to focus our thoughts and actions on how well we are supporting our young people and their individual wellbeing. Of course, every week and every day should be  a time … Continue reading

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Suicide Isn’t Painless

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The song from the theme tune of M*A*S*H says “Suicide is Painless”. Clearly, this is not the case.   This week, the Office for National Statistics released data on UK suicides for 2014. It’s horrendous reading: 6122 suicides in the … Continue reading

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Educational Choices – Who Decides?

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‘Choice’ is a word that’s sadly missing from children’s education. So-called ‘creative’ subjects and arts subjects don’t feature in the ‘essential’ GCSEs prescribed by our politicians (though we know that many teachers of the subjects that are included in the … Continue reading

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League Tables and the Master of Wellington

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Julian Thomas, headmaster of Wellington College, has decided that his school will opt out of the annual performance tables in England. In an article in the Sunday Telegraph he said, “In an attempt to make comparisons, league tables have created … Continue reading

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