The purpose of schools is to fill the heads of children with knowledge. Who could argue with that? It’s obvious right?
What should schools concentrate on? Building confidence? Encouraging ‘grit’ and resilience? Developing ‘character’? Focusing on...Read more
GCSEs and A levels should be replaced with graduation at 18, Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Select Committee, is expected...Read more
This was the subject of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme broadcast on 4 February 2019.
As the number of children leaving...Read more
The Independent Grammar School Durham (IGSD) opened in September 2018 promising low-fee, ‘no-frills’ education.... Read more
What a difference a word makes. The accepted truth since 2010 is that results in the three-yearly OECD PISA tests for England...Read more
‘ An exchange scheme that gives teachers in England the opportunity to share experiences with counterparts from Shanghai has...Read more
Maths Mastery, Shanghai Maths, Teaching for Mastery (TfM) have been buzz words since Shanghai topped PISA league tables in 2009...Read more
Now there’s a surprise. Introduce a new performance measure such as the EBacc and it doesn’t take a genius to realise schools will change tactics...Read more
‘…we’ve long been technical education snobs in this country,’ said Education secretary Damian Hinds in a speech at Battersea Power...Read more
I have just watched Emily Thornbury on the Andrew Marr show (11 Nov 2018) being asked about the view of the London Mayor that, “the problem would...Read more
'Education is in crisis. Our children are the most unhappy in the developed world , their...Read more
Prioritising data and results is endemic…
Ofsted has seen evidence of declining education quality driven by narrowing the...Read more
I refer to the work of Professor Rebecca (Becky) Allen , Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education, who...Read more
ASCL launches inquiry into system leaving pupils 'deflated'
The Association of Schools and Colleges has launched an...Read more
Evidence that the title of this article should be taken seriously can be found here and here .
On 7 October 2018 I wrote to the Fair...Read more