Monthly Archives: March 2016

NUT/ATL Rally Against Forced Academies

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In spite of it being the very end of a long and busy term teachers and educators still found some time and energy to come together yesterday to give Nicky Morgan and George Osborne, and their government, a resounding “No!” … Continue reading

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#TellNickyNO

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23rd March 2016, people will come together – in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Coventry, Birmingham and elsewhere – to campaign against the undemocratic decision to make all schools academies. We urge you to join any local action if you are able … Continue reading

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No to Forced Academies. Yes to a Better System of Education in England.

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Ironically, George Osborne may have done children, teachers, parents and educators a huge favour when he announced the government’s decision to convert all schools to academies. This budget announcement has galvanised opinion and action from those who are dedicated and … Continue reading

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Academies – Democracy, Autonomy, Choice, Privatisation – only one of the above.

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Let’s be clear: the announcement that George Osborne is providing funding to convert all schools to academies is not about autonomy. Let’s also be clear about the additional funding that the chancellor is providing to secondary schools for extended hours. … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, An Education Select Committee and Not Quite the Purpose of Education

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It’s sometimes sensible to wait a few days to respond to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s (SMW) comments on education. That way you avoid an instinctual fight or flight reaction. However, having spent some days reflecting on his recent meeting with the … Continue reading

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The Finnish System of Education, Part Two

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As outlined in our previous post, the curriculum in Finland is continually under review – and those who review it are educational professionals, including senior teachers in schools. Changes to the basic curriculum are not subject to political or bureaucratic … Continue reading

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The Finnish System of Education

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In our recent post – about teachers quitting the profession and the dire shortage of qualified teachers in England – we said we’d publish a reminder as to why Finland’s system of education is internationally respected, and why Finland is … Continue reading

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