Tag Archives: Tristram Hunt

The EBacc Debate: Is it the Right One?

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Yesterday, (4th July 2016), there was a debate in parliament about the EBacc and the potential inclusion of the expressive arts as a compulsory component of the EBacc. Currently, the English Baccalaureate is made up of: English mathematics history or … 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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Creative Schools: “We need to call time on exam-factory education”

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“The shadow secretary of state salutes Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica’s powerful manifesto which opposes standardised testing and calls for a more inspirational approach to teaching” – The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/23/creative-schools-revolutionising-education-from-the-ground-up-ken-robinson-lou-aronica-review This post is a 3Di review of a book review. … Continue reading

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Reaching a Tipping Point? Education 14 – 19

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Labour could ditch GCSEs within 10 years, says Tristram Hunt For several years 3Di has advocated the abolition of 16+ examinations. The first sign that something might be stirring in our national conversation about GCSEs and high stakes examinations came … Continue reading

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The Real Obstacles to Statutory Status for PSHE Education

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The Guardian has been running a series of education Q & As for each of the political parties. This week it was the turn of Nicky Morgan to respond to some key questions from readers. Here is the Q & … Continue reading

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Testing and Re-testing . . . and forgetting the individual child

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The news today that an incoming Conservative government would re-test children who “fail” their Year 6 SATs has shocked educators who may not have believed politicians could conjure up yet more preposterous and inappropriate policies. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/apr/07/tories-resits-pupils-fail-end-primary-school-exams-key-stage-2 Sadly experience tells us … 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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