Long reads

Behaviourism is back and it’s taking over A ‘delivery’ paradigm is taking over English schools. In our marketised education system the Department for... Read more
The ethnicity ‘attainment gap’ The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has produced a table showing ‘attainment gaps’ for ethnic groups represented in... Read more
Farewell then, Damian Hinds. Perhaps it’s too soon to assess your legacy, but given the survival rate of recent education secretaries, perhaps we... Read more
This is essentially an issue typical of historical interactions between the private and public sectors. It is currently topical in the English... Read more
Why are increasing numbers of children being physically restrained in mainstream and special schools? On 25 February 2019 TES carried a story about... Read more
In Loco Parentis Throughout my teaching career the legal and professional advice to schools and individual teachers was at all times to act In Loco... Read more
When Donald met Ron In the autumn of 2016, Donald Trump paid a visit to a charter school in Cleveland, Ohio. Candidate Trump gave a speech – in which... Read more
You can read Part 1 ‘The role of religion’ here . The first important step is to point out the difference between the state and the government. This... Read more
These are profound issues about which there is little consensus in the UK. Elsewhere in the world states and societies are increasingly coming to... Read more
The following are my personal views arising from Greta’s words . On climate change Like Greta, I am with David Attenborough and the climate... Read more
When this question is asked by a politician, an unsolicited social media post, or someone selling you something, it is always wise to think about it... Read more
School refusal, school exclusions, self harm, drug culture, gang violence, social media and child suicides all appear to be linked, but there is no... Read more
The value of metacogition has been recognised by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and followers can sign up to receive a ten part briefing on... Read more
The purpose of schools is to fill the heads of children with knowledge. Who could argue with that? It’s obvious right? ‘Self evident’ has always been... Read more
This was the subject of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme broadcast on 4 February 2019. As the number of children leaving school in favour of home... Read more
I have recently written a number of articles on the subject of the ‘Attainment Gap’ and the ‘Pupil Premium’. Having discovered the email address for... Read more
This update of my article of 25 April 2016 has been prompted by the recent case of the children of a Syrian family being bullied and the aggression... Read more
Professor Becky Allen of the UCL Institute of Education has written important articles about the Pupil Premium (PP) that I discuss here and here . It... Read more