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Towards a National Education Service: Part One

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The Labour Party policy consultation on education has now closed, and we hope that educators, parents and Labour party members took time to contribute to the important proposals for a National Education Service. The notion of a National Education Service … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Knights and their Call for Changes to Education

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Is UK education now in an “age of confusion”? According to Sir Tim Brighouse it is. His speech at the Arts and Media School in Islington made it very clear that education is in the midst of a turbulent time … Continue reading

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Ofsted and Personal Development Judgement

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The latest Ofsted Framework has been released ready for use in September. There are some significant changes, particularly regarding the limiting judgement of “Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare”. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436039/School_inspection_handbook_from_September_2015.pdf It is this section that we are writing about today. The … 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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General Election: Education Policy – Over to You

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We’re into the final fortnight of the General Election campaign, and still education remains in the background. This is preposterous considering its importance and how many of us it affects. Over the past week we’ve read and summarised the election … Continue reading

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Education Manifestos in Detail: Part Three – Labour

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It’s hard to forget New Labour and its “Education, Education, Education” mantra which created a feeling of optimism that soon turned to despondency – once we realised what Blair and co meant by “education”. They were talking almost exclusively about … Continue reading

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Michael Rosen’s Letters to the Secretary of State

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Michael Rosen has another of his letters to the Secretary of State in today’s Guardian, highlighting the vital point that education remains in the hands of inexperienced politicians rather than experienced professionals – unchallenged due to legislation that gives almost … Continue reading

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