Tag Archives: England

GCSE results day – and consequences for heads

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It’s GCSE results day and we’d like to add our congratulations and best wishes for those who are pleased with their results – and express our sympathy for those who are less happy. Please remember these results are NOT the … Continue reading

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Free Schools, Secrecy and Freedom of Information

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Question: Do you have any idea why certain Free School applicants were given funding and approval to open whilst others were not? Of course you don’t. Nobody knows – apart from a small circle of government ministers and their senior … Continue reading

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PISA, Private Schools and Progressivism

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We live in interesting times. This is from yesterday’s Guardian: Gove’s ‘progressive betrayal’ seems to be a private school phenomenon My research using the Pisa data found that state school pupils report more ‘traditional’ teaching than in private schools, says … 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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Learning Without Limits at Wroxham

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Last week we had the great pleasure of visiting the Wroxham Teaching  School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, and speaking with Alison Peacock, the school’s headteacher. The work at Wroxham School was the subject of a book written as an outcome … Continue reading

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A Shocking Failure To Provide School Places

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Screaming headlines in news bulletins today – 50% of local authorities have a shortage of Primary school places, and the situation will get worse during the next two years. Shock horror. How did this happen? Don’t we have armies of … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Countries

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A Tale of Two Countries “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of … Continue reading

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Relationships, Sex Education and Pornography: What should schools do next?

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The Office for the Children’s Commissioner for England yesterday published a report into the adverse effects of pornography on our children and young people. Its title is “Basically …….porn is everywhere” and explains that a “significant minority” of our children … Continue reading

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Breaking and Mending the Chain

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In the draft framework for the new National Curriculum for England, it says that “all schools should make provision for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE)”. Isn’t it time to consider that this word “should” ought to be changed … Continue reading

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