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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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Education, Structures and Advice – for Lucy Powell

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Education can’t stand still and neither should it. Political interference in education is well known and rightly condemned. The teaching profession has endured more intrusive meddling than any other profession – by politicians with no experience of teaching or of … Continue reading

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Pressurised High-Stakes Exams – Why?

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Today my son is taking his penultimate A-Level examination. He’ll then have to wait a seemingly interminable time to find out whether he’s achieved the required grades to continue his education at his preferred university. My son is fortunate that … Continue reading

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League Tables and their Distortion of the Purpose of Education

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This week, the secondary performance data – league tables – were released. Every year, we hear dissenting voices about the purpose of these tables. Every year, they are published without due regard for the concerns of many as to their … Continue reading

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Birmingham, the Country and the Powers of the Secretary of State

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The disastrous and destructive situation in the “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham has been highly reported over the last few weeks. Stories of extremism, control for power, bullying, manipulation of the truth, imposition of ideologies that don’t consider the all-round … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream Too

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but the content of their character” – Martin Luther King, addressing the … Continue reading

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Thank you Michael Rosen, but no thanks to Michael Gove

The “Dear Mr Gove” column by Michael Rosen in the Guardian has become a much anticipated and much enjoyed piece of writing. Even so, it’s a great shame that such a “letter” should need to be written – and remains … Continue reading

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