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Gavin Gradgrind

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It’s been reported that Gavin Williamson told a private Tory 1922 Committee meeting he plans to make children face the front of the classroom since this is a “good traditional teaching method” and a “commonsense approach to teaching”. Clearly it’s … Continue reading

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Rethinking Education – Yet Again.

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Fair play to whoever is producing or editing the BBC’s “Rethink” series on BBC radio, and managed to insert an item on education into the Radio 4 Today programme this week. This is a series that asks what changes we … Continue reading

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The Value of Family Holidays

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Do you feel as though you need a holiday right now? Yes! Are your children of school age? Yes. Then apparently you should think again. Spring is here and we look forward in hope to the sort of summer weather … Continue reading

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Misrepresentation of Child-Centred Education

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The title of a panel discussion at the Wellington College Festival of Education last Saturday was “What do we want our children to know?” I’d been warned beforehand. This would be a rough ride. When there are so many excellent … Continue reading

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‘Cultural Literacy’, ‘Key Facts’ and Hard Times

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Teachers, parents and school governors need to take a look at this report in the Guardian this week: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/oct/15/hirsch-core-knowledge-curriculum-review Hirschism, if there is such a thing, is spreading fast through the English school system. Two proposed new primary free schools … Continue reading

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