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Inspirational Castaways – Tanya Byron and Ken Robinson

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We’re big fans of the BBC and of Radio 4, whose coverage of the arts, education, politics and current affairs is often superb. As we all know, it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time, and … Continue reading

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Blowing in the Wind: Let the Children Play

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Today the mid and southern parts of England and Wales are feeling the effects of the “St. Jude” storm, with power cables broken, trees uprooted and general chaos happening across the nation. In the main, children are on their half-term … Continue reading

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Finally we have them: the OECD’s first ‘Adult PISA’ results

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To a non-educationalist this headline might not appear the most exciting news of the day, so let’s try this instead: England’s young people are near bottom of global league table for basic skills http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/oct/08/england-young-people-league-table-basic-skills-oecd?CMP=twt_gu Or if you prefer the BBC … Continue reading

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A Setback for Relationships and Sex Education?

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Yesterday the House of Commons voted against amending the Children and Families Bill to make relationships and sex education a statutory part of the national curriculum. There were 219 votes for and 303 against. Labour’s shadow home affairs minister Stella … Continue reading

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Liz Truss, nurseries, hothouses and economics

Liz Truss. Let’s cut to the chase. She’s a neo-liberal economist who now has responsibility for education and childcare in this neo-conservative government because of her far-right Friedmanite Chicago School beliefs in the power of the free market to remedy … Continue reading

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Culture, Knowledge and Learning; Polarity & Unity

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The BBC has again come up with a masterpiece of broadcasting thanks to Radio 4 and Melvyn Bragg. The current series of programmes about “Culture”, which is on air at 9.00am every morning this week, is fascinating. Today’s programme was … Continue reading

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Sports, Personalities, Characters, Intelligences

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There was a tremendous amount of interest in this year’s BBC sports review/awards programme last night – “BBC (UK) Sports Personality of the Year” – which was won by the amazing Bradley Wiggins. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/shortcuts/2012/dec/17/bbc-sports-personality-of-year-2012-best-moments http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/20748902 We’ve written some fulsome praise … Continue reading

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Seasonal Values – For Every Season

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In this time of Advent, we’d like to share some thoughts on virtues and values. It’s difficult to select only 25 values and virtues for the purpose of compiling an Advent Calendar, but it’s a starting point to consider what’s … Continue reading

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