Tag Archives: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Mud Turtles and Multiple Intelligences – More Thoughts on Examinations

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We’ve already tweeted a link to this Guardian magazine piece by Lucy Mangan, but for those who missed it here’s a brief overview, plus a few of our own thoughts on ‘credentialism’: Sitting exams is a game, and the game … 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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Forces for Change in our System of Education

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Does he do it simply to ingratiate himself with the dinosaurs, the flog ’em and hang ’em elements within (and beyond) his party, or does Michael Gove really believe that our first response to poor behaviour in schools should be … 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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Now is the Time

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The beginning of a new month, a new school year and a new set of challenges or opportunities in the shape of a new National Curriculum. We’ve finally had a summer that has lived up to its name – with … 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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Votes of No Confidence and a Public Right to Know

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This is an historic and unprecedented moment for education in England. It appears we now have a full set of organisations representing schools, colleges, teachers, school leaders and parents in England that have recently passed motions of no confidence in … Continue reading

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The ‘Standards Agenda’ and a Big Lie about Education

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It’s important to understand that correlation is not the same as causality. Statisticians understand this, and so should teachers, parents and politicians, many of whom have traded on a false assumption about an inability to reach Level 4 in English … Continue reading

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