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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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General Election: Education Policy – Over to You

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We’re into the final fortnight of the General Election campaign, and still education remains in the background. This is preposterous considering its importance and how many of us it affects. Over the past week we’ve read and summarised the election … Continue reading

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Education Pledges from the Political Parties

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There’s a useful website that may help you decide which political party you’ll vote for in the General Election. https://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ The fact that it anonymises a series of political statements, so that you don’t know which party each statement comes … Continue reading

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#Tell Nicky: Part Two – Response to her address to Conference

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There are some points from Nicky Morgan’s education speech at the Conservative Party conference this week which warrant further comment. Her values and philosophy of education came through loud and clear – and not in a positive way. Her party … Continue reading

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Standards, Attainment and Achievement – Can We Be Clear What We’re Talking About?

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Consider this powerful and shocking headline from a recent newspaper article: Schools ‘face talent drain’ as morale of teachers dives: Poll shows thousands are thinking of quitting as former Ofsted chief warns of widespread disillusionment http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/may/12/schools-face-talent-drain By Daniel Boffey Morale … Continue reading

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Ofsted chief proud of ‘Dirty Harry’ image

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3Di somehow missed this story when it was first published back in November.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-15537037 [Note the photo on the BBC’s story features the Chief Inspector standing in front of a ‘Policy Exchange’ backdrop – presumably taken on the premises of … Continue reading

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