Tag Archives: Reinventing education

A Degree of Fraud – A System Ripe for Re-invention

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Want a first-class degree without having to write a single essay? Or perhaps you’d prefer a PhD but you don’t have the will, the inclination or the capacity to do it for yourself? Fear not – at a cost, you … 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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Tristram Hunt’s Speech to the ASCL Conference – More Looking Back to Move Forwards

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In a week in which we listened to a lecture from Tony Little, headmaster of Eton College, entitled “Looking Back to Move Forwards”, it was interesting that Tristram Hunt chose to include a quote from the first Labour Party Minister … Continue reading

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Tristram Hunt’s Call for a Politically Independent Ofsted

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Tristram Hunt has written an article about Ofsted in the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/12/school-inspections-political-meddling-gove-ofsted Read it and wonder. Or weep. Or both. He rightly says that Ofsted needs to be “free of political meddling”. Nobody is going to disagree with that. Ofsted … Continue reading

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Reinventing Education in Chile

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Mention the country Chile and you may think of General Pinochet and his dictatorship. The film “Missing” starring Jack Lemmon that was set in the early days of the Pinochet regime still has the power to shock with the portrayal … Continue reading

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Reinvent Education not Reform

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Well, congratulations Mr Gove, you’ve done it again! A few months ago, you essentially told my youngest son that the qualifications he was currently studying for were worth less than the paper they were written on. Today, you are telling … Continue reading

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