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Child Mental Health Week, Again.

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Education: Stuck in a Failing Paradigm

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“Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mined the earth, for a particular commodity, and for the future it won’t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we are educating our … Continue reading

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Say NO to 2021 Exams – and beyond.

Gavin Williamson has now stated his position clearly and has declared that students in English schools WILL be taking GCSE and A-Level examinations in the summer of 2021. A delay of three weeks has been provided for the six-month loss … Continue reading

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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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Action Now for Post-Covid Education

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It shouldn’t take a pandemic for us to reconsider the purpose of education. It didn’t take a pandemic for many of us to reconsider the purpose of education. Those of us who’ve been unhappy and sometimes apoplectic about the direction … Continue reading

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Universities’ Intransigence on Mental Health Issues: This has to Stop

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Today – 10th October – is World Mental Health Day. A proper understanding of wellbeing and mental health issues (and the support systems for young people) at many UK universities appears to be negligible. It’s a mess that needs to … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s Post-18 Education Review: Simply Not Enough.

“The aim of education policy should be to provide the right education for every child. That for some children that will be an education that is firmly based in learning practical and vocational skills. For others, it will be an … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s Post-18 Education Review: Simply Not Enough

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“The aim of education policy should be to ‘provide the right education for every child’. That ‘for some children that will be an education that is firmly based in learning practical and vocational skills. For others, it will be an … Continue reading

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Teachers’ Wellbeing Statistics – The Tip of the Iceberg

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In this week’s Guardian there’s a damning article on the wellbeing of teachers in England. It reported that there were 3,750 cases of long-term sickness absence caused by stress last year, and that one in 83 teachers spent more than … Continue reading

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The Various Intelligences of the “Gifted” Child

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An interesting item about “gifted” children on BBC Woman’s Hour caught our attention this week: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p058gr3d Tina Crawford spoke about her experiences as a parent of a child with a high IQ, who was experiencing unhappiness at school. Very academically … Continue reading

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