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“The Bakers rose through education” – Reflections on “Reflections”

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“The Bakers rose through education. They thought education is the most important thing in life” – Kenneth Baker “Baker Days” were/are the days set aside for teachers’ in-service professional training. This week, thanks to BBC Radio 4, we learned something … Continue reading

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Parents, children, and “an unfamiliar sense of dread”. The need for change in our system of education.

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If you haven’t seen it already we urge you to read the latest column by John Harris in the Guardian. (Memo to Guardian: why isn’t ‘Education’ on one of the tabs at the top of your website? It’s difficult to … Continue reading

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Labour’s new “vows” on Education

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Labour vows to rub out Michael Gove’s education reforms http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/apr/29/labour-rub-out-michael-gove-education-system Such delicious words in this context. “Vows”. “Rub out”. Even the Telegraph uses words like “dismantle” (of Gove’s reforms) without any accompanying criticism of Labour’s policy proposal. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/10797390/Labour-vows-to-dismantle-Michael-Goves-education-reforms.html Guardian-reading teachers … Continue reading

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Is the Tide Really Turning? An all-party committee says education needs reinvention.

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The tide is turning? After the storm-ridden days of the past two months we sincerely hope so, even on another day of downpours. However, there’s a tide beginning to turn in the world of education, and one that we’ve been … 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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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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The Teaching of History: The Debate Continues.

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“Study the past if you would define the future” – Confucius History is debatable. As Mark Twain, amongst others, said “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” It is open to interpretation. As Napoleon Bonaparte … Continue reading

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