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SPaG tests – How did we get here? HMI and English from 5 to 16

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Back in the days when HMIs were the most respected force in the land for improving education they published a series of booklets called Curriculum Matters. The first booklet in the series was English 5 – 16. It appeared in … Continue reading

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#KidsStrike3rdMay – Let Kids Be Kids

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We can’t let #KidsStrike3rdMay go by without publishing a blog post on this superb intiative that’s put high stakes tests back on England’s national agenda. “Sats are making learning nit-picky and joyless “: One parent’s open letter explaining why she … Continue reading

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Parents, children, and “an unfamiliar sense of dread”. The need for change in our system of education.

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If you haven’t seen it already we urge you to read the latest column by John Harris in the Guardian. (Memo to Guardian: why isn’t ‘Education’ on one of the tabs at the top of your website? It’s difficult to … Continue reading

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Chinese School and Testing Factories

Just when you think our media can sink no lower in its coverage of education in Britain the BBC comes up with a new series it calls “Are our kids tough enough? Chinese School” – to be screened from 9.00 … Continue reading

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The London Festival of Education: 50 Shades of Grey Matter

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The thing that became increasingly obvious during this year’s London Festival of Education last Saturday is that the ‘traditionalists’ still don’t get it. After all that’s been said and done about the developmental and learning needs of children and young … Continue reading

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“The business of the school is to make good human beings” through “Fixing the general character and direction of the school curriculum”

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“The business of the school is to make good human beings” “Fixing the general character and direction of the school curriculum” This is the 5th in our series of posts on the contribution of the Hadow Report of 1931 to … Continue reading

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Further Conclusions from Hadow – Understanding the School as a Society of Learners

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This is Part 3 of our series of posts on the Hadow Report and its contribution to the history of education. http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/hadow1931/hadow1931.html On reading these further extracts from the Introduction to the 1931 Hadow report on Primary education our readers … Continue reading

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