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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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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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Ofsted Controversies: What To Do Next?

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It’s been another difficult week for Ofsted. The Guardian/Observer reported an allegation that an Academy “Superhead” knew precisely when Ofsted inspectors were due to inspect her school. This is intolerable, but it’s neither surprising nor the worst accusation ever heard … Continue reading

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Over to You, Tristram

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The Guardian Education Manifesto article yesterday has provided plenty of food for thought – for us, at least. We hope it’s had a similar effect on Tristram Hunt and his team within the Labour Party. Neither David Blunkett’s review of … Continue reading

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In My Manifesto . . .

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In today’s Guardian Education – twenty snapshots of mini-manifestos written by a selection of thoughtful educationalists . . . and Toby Young. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/may/13/in-my-manifesto-education-policy-ideas-2015 What to do with the Y factor? Why pay any attention to it? This man is more … Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt’s Call for a Politically Independent Ofsted

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Tristram Hunt has written an article about Ofsted in the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/12/school-inspections-political-meddling-gove-ofsted Read it and wonder. Or weep. Or both. He rightly says that Ofsted needs to be “free of political meddling”. Nobody is going to disagree with that. Ofsted … Continue reading

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The Need for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

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It’s the weekend. Your teenage son has just spent five full days in school. In addition to those normal school days there have been rehearsals for an assessed drama performance and a mass of homework to do for other subjects … Continue reading

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