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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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Reaching a Tipping Point? Education 14 – 19

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Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt For several years 3Di has advocated the abolition of 16+ examinations. The first sign that something might be stirring in our national conversation about GCSEs and high stakes examinations came … Continue reading

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GCSEs: Which Side Are You On?

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First the good news. The Guardian published an article this week posing the question, “What is the point of GCSEs?” http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/19/are-gcses-still-relevant-education-training-age-18 It has followed this up with a column in todays’s paper written by Peter Wilby:   GCSEs are obsolete … Continue reading

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Educators of the world unite . . .

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There’s been a call for an educational revolution. Perhaps Russell Brand, amongst others, might join the ranks of thinkers and professionals who believe that a revolution in education is needed in this country, and beyond. We need to see some … Continue reading

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The Row About Pupil Progress

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Looking for the positives in last week’s row about pupil progress in secondary schools and ‘value added’ in KS3 & KS4 – we think there may be a few of them. At the very least there should now be a … Continue reading

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Social Selection in our Education System

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Breaking news today is that there’s evidence from the Sutton Trust that our education system is highly selective, with only 7.6% of those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) attending the “highest achieving” 500 comprehensives and academies. http://www.suttontrust.com/news/news/top-comprehensives-are-more-socially-selective/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/jun/03/top-state-schools-socially-exclusive No … Continue reading

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A Compelling Tale

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Here’s a short polemic for the weekend regarding the state of our nation’s education system. My son and his friend informed me this morning that they had both passed their maths GCSE with a ‘B’ grade. My natural response was … Continue reading

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