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Sir Michael Wilshaw, An Education Select Committee and Not Quite the Purpose of Education

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It’s sometimes sensible to wait a few days to respond to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s (SMW) comments on education. That way you avoid an instinctual fight or flight reaction. However, having spent some days reflecting on his recent meeting with the … Continue reading

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“More than a checklist of competences” – Guardian editorial on education

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Still feeling dismayed by the hard-line ‘traditionalist’ element at the London Festival of Education (#LFE15) we invite readers to insert the word ‘schools’ wherever ‘universities’ and ‘higher education’ occur in this recent Guardian editorial: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/27/guardian-view-on-higher-education-beyond-bean-counters The noble idea that a … Continue reading

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League Tables and their Distortion of the Purpose of Education

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This week, the secondary performance data – league tables – were released. Every year, we hear dissenting voices about the purpose of these tables. Every year, they are published without due regard for the concerns of many as to their … Continue reading

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