Opinion

We, the education professionals, need to escape the closed circle

There are an awful lot of books about education and a great many more pamphlets and articles in learned journals. They cover every possible subject from every possible angle. If truth be told there’s an awful lot of repetition as every reflection on what constitutes good education and how the developing human brain works to […]

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I can’t believe six impossible things before breakfast – John Freeman

Pay for academy heads One of the arguments put forward for school autonomy was the ‘excessive’ salaries being given to chief education officers working in local authorities. A back-of-the-fag-packet calculation based on personal experience tells me

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Schools that really do work for everyone – Janet Dobson

Prime Minister Theresa May has once again been talking about ‘burning injustices’, referring to disparities in regard to things like educational outcomes and employment. There are many factors involved here but the secondary school system must surely be one of them. So what’s wrong?

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Memo to the NES: bring the mass contracting out of schools to an end – Ron Glatter

The draft charter for the National Education Service (NES), unveiled by Angela Rayner, shadow Education Secretary, at the Labour Party conference in Brighton on 26 September, says the NES “provides education for the public good” and that it will “be accountable to the public, communities, and parents and children that it serves. Schools, colleges and […]

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Rethinking the curriculum – Peter Dougill

‘Without a curriculum, a building full of teachers, leaders and pupils is not a school’ – Amanda Spielman, HMCI October 2017. Two prominent and closely interrelated experimental movements have influenced the nature of schooling in the UK over the past 40 or so years. The first is the dominance of a neoliberal economic ideology over […]

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Strategy for a Post Grammar School Era – Alan Parker

Introduction 1. Theresa May’s surprise proposal to create new grammar schools, and subsequent forced retreat from the idea, has given encouragement to those who have always opposed grammar schools. If this tide has turned, could there now be an opportunity to build support for the final abolition of those that survived the previous project of […]

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Reflections on the proposals for education in the Queen’s Speech 2017 – Graham Clayton

It is always difficult to be sure of the true personalities of public figures. They create only impressions. Their true personalities are known only to those who know them well. But that said, many of Theresa May’s public pronouncements have certainly lacked substance,

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Abolishing, not reforming, the grading of schools by Ofsted – Colin Richards

To be honest almost all schools and inspections are… – ish Only a few schools are clearly and uncontroversially “outstanding”; only a few are undoubtedly “inadequate”. The vast majority are good-ish or requiring improvement-ish. Inspection is not a science but an art; it involves complex judgments all of which don’t necessarily point in the same […]

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