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Black History: For a Month or All Year Round?

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Have you ever heard of Akyaaba Addai-Sebo? Probably not. How about Carter Goodwin Woodson? Is this a name you’ve encountered in your studies? No, not one known to us either. What about Gerald Ford? The man who resided in the … Continue reading

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Gavin Gradgrind

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It’s been reported that Gavin Williamson told a private Tory 1922 Committee meeting he plans to make children face the front of the classroom since this is a “good traditional teaching method” and a “commonsense approach to teaching”. Clearly it’s … Continue reading

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Rethinking Education – Yet Again.

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Fair play to whoever is producing or editing the BBC’s “Rethink” series on BBC radio, and managed to insert an item on education into the Radio 4 Today programme this week. This is a series that asks what changes we … Continue reading

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Time to Move On

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Back in 2013 we wrote the following: https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/rearranging-the-deckchairs/ Rearranging the Deckchairs “You didn’t have to be an absolute genius back in 1912 [the year of the Titanic’s one and only voyage] to imagine that aircraft would become bigger, faster, more … Continue reading

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Catch Up or Further Polarisation?

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Imagine the scene. Young people already disengaged from education, living in inadequate and/or impoverished housing – bereft of personal computers and home-learning equipment – are told to attend school during the summer holidays to “catch up”. As they trudge their … Continue reading

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Did Anyone Apologise to Educators?

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The government has announced that schools don’t have to open fully until September. They’ve miraculously worked out that social distancing is impossible in the majority of schools – something the profession and teaching unions had told them months ago. Not … Continue reading

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Post Covid-19: A New Education Paradigm

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The National Education Union has announced its own “Five Tests” that need to be passed before educational establishments are re-opened – mirroring the health secretary’s tests for the end of this lockdown. https://neu.org.uk/neu-five-tests-government-schools-can-re-open They are: Reduced numbers of Covid-19 cases … Continue reading

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Action Now for Post-Covid Education

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It shouldn’t take a pandemic for us to reconsider the purpose of education. It didn’t take a pandemic for many of us to reconsider the purpose of education. Those of us who’ve been unhappy and sometimes apoplectic about the direction … Continue reading

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Home Educating: Thought for the Day

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Homeschooling or home educating? There’s a few messages doing the rounds on social media regarding “home educating”. Another one says, Contrast this with the comments of a headteacher on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning. We’re not going to name … Continue reading

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New Decade, New Year, New Start

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Entering these roaring twenties the state of our health and wellbeing must be of the utmost importance to one and all. Collectively, we need to promote and value our wellbeing – particularly in our schools and our communities where age … Continue reading

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