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Teachers’ Wellbeing Statistics – The Tip of the Iceberg

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In this week’s Guardian there’s a damning article on the wellbeing of teachers in England. It reported that there were 3,750 cases of long-term sickness absence caused by stress last year, and that one in 83 teachers spent more than … Continue reading

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Educational Choices – Who Decides?

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‘Choice’ is a word that’s sadly missing from children’s education. So-called ‘creative’ subjects and arts subjects don’t feature in the ‘essential’ GCSEs prescribed by our politicians (though we know that many teachers of the subjects that are included in the … Continue reading

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Ofsted Controversies: What To Do Next?

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It’s been another difficult week for Ofsted. The Guardian/Observer reported an allegation that an Academy “Superhead” knew precisely when Ofsted inspectors were due to inspect her school. This is intolerable, but it’s neither surprising nor the worst accusation ever heard … Continue reading

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Narrowing the Gap and Cultural Entitlement

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In his most recent article, Will Hutton, has drawn attention to the significant problem of narrowing the gap between affluent and financially disadvantaged young people being accepted into university. Needless to say, the figures are startling yet unsurprising. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/17/university-access-unfair-poor-students-inequality-fees?CMP=twt_gu “From … Continue reading

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Birmingham, the Country and the Powers of the Secretary of State

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The disastrous and destructive situation in the “Trojan Horse” schools in Birmingham has been highly reported over the last few weeks. Stories of extremism, control for power, bullying, manipulation of the truth, imposition of ideologies that don’t consider the all-round … Continue reading

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Thank you Michael Rosen, but no thanks to Michael Gove

The “Dear Mr Gove” column by Michael Rosen in the Guardian has become a much anticipated and much enjoyed piece of writing. Even so, it’s a great shame that such a “letter” should need to be written – and remains … Continue reading

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Open Guardian Weekend in Pictures

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An aesthetically pleasing environment is something that’s conducive to all work, particularly in the field of creativity, and indeed education. The Guardian opened its doors to many areas of its building, and many of the participants in the weekend took … Continue reading

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