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No to Forced Academies. Yes to a Better System of Education in England.

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Ironically, George Osborne may have done children, teachers, parents and educators a huge favour when he announced the government’s decision to convert all schools to academies. This budget announcement has galvanised opinion and action from those who are dedicated and … Continue reading

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GCSEs: Which Side Are You On?

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First the good news. The Guardian published an article this week posing the question, “What is the point of GCSEs?” http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/19/are-gcses-still-relevant-education-training-age-18 It has followed this up with a column in todays’s paper written by Peter Wilby:   GCSEs are obsolete … Continue reading

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Replacing Ofsted; Improving Accountability

Since its inception Ofsted has had its critics. Since its establishment, the focus for schools and for the education they provide has been on whatever Ofsted inspects – rather than what professionals think, feel and know are the most important … Continue reading

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Still Learning Finnish Lessons

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For those who missed Peter Wilby’s excellent article in last week’s Guardian Education, the following is a summary. Regular readers of 3D Eye will know of our longstanding interest in Finland’s outstandingly successul system of education, and also our admiration … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s Legacy for Learning

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In the Guardian this week, the headline piece in the Education Section was written by Peter Wilby under the heading, “This Lady’s Not for Learning”. Good title and an interesting piece too but there’s one key point of contention, regarding … Continue reading

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Gove and the Politics of Education

We need to take a critical look at Peter Wilby’s latest article in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/29/michael-gove-teachers In Michael Gove’s world who needs teachers? The education secretary’s obsession with ‘spellings, facts and rules’ ignores the professional consensus on child development In … Continue reading

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Part Three: Fabian Society: Education After Gove

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What was Missing Speaking from experience, we know that it’s quite difficult to be part of a panel at meetings such as the one we attended on Saturday. There’s a tendency to come away from the platform saying to yourself … Continue reading

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The Diploma Disease and the Qualifications Spiral

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Consider this startling statement, which was printed as a strapline above an article in the Guardian newspaper this week: “For years, education promised to make us more equal. Finally, politicians are realising it achieved the opposite.” So we ask ourselves, … Continue reading

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Looking Beyond Grades

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but we really need to stop using the term “skills” when we’re in fact discussing “intelligences” that lie beyond mere academic ability. This terminology really matters.

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