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Melissa Benn: Ed on Ed: the subtly shifting Labour narrative on schools

In the end, perhaps, it passed with more of a whimper than a bang. Or rather, the bang was elsewhere – with the question of Tory tax evasion, especially as Ed Miliband chose to use the closing passages of his schools speech late last week to follow up on the Fink question. (Fair enough – more tax equals more public ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "I acknowledge what you are saying here but this wasn't the what TH was referring to and is not part of my response to what TH said. At the risk of repeating myself, the issue I took against was ......"

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jay deepee: We labour under a system that is designed to fail too many children in this country.

The English education system that I have taught in for over twenty years benefits many but leaves behind far too many young people. Those children and young people that do not fit the narrow parameters of a secondary education are excluded from it by virtue of a system that is not designed for them. All children have a right to be educated ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Guest: "Forgive what will undoubtedly appear a harsh comment, I assure you it isn't meant to be, but the framing of your question goes a long way to underlining the thrust of what Jay is suggesting. Children, pupils, people all have potential ......"

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Janet Downs: Ofsted found pupils in private school were still being slapped despite ban on physical punishment. Was telling the school to rewrite its policy really sufficient?

'Some pupils told the inspector that there had been incidents where a teacher had given a small ‘slap’ with the hand and others said that this was sometimes threatened as a punishment.' Emergency inspection, January 2014, Talmud Torah Chaim Meirim Wiznitz School, a boys’ private primary school in London. Corporal punishment in state schools was banned in 1987. Twelve years later ... read more and comment →

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Roger Titcombe: Bribing teenagers with cash does not improve their GCSE results

This interesting story appeared in the Independent of 3 October 2014. "Bribing teenagers with cash to encourage them to work harder in their studies with the aim of gaining better grades does not improve their GCSE results, according to new research. The findings will come as a disappointment to parents who last year spent an estimated £4.2 million on cash incentives ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "I’m not sure where the school advisors went for their Ofsted update on the Sep 14 changes but do not recognise any reference to achieving a higher than national average percentage for attendance. It also needs to be recognised ......"

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Roger Titcombe: The pleasure of finding things out

This is the title of the collection of short works by Richard Feynman (1999), undoubtedly one of the twentieth century's most brilliant theoretical physicists and original thinkers. (He died in 1988). This is a great general interest read as Feynman had many talents including a great disregard for pomposity in all its forms. He enjoyed the friendship of people from ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Tatiana: "And here is the BBC program itself: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p018dvyg/horizon-19811982-9-the-pleasure-of-finding-things-out#group=p01qvnmd It's a real pleasure to listen to Feynman...."

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Fiona Millar: If the league tables went missing for a year of two, would it be the end of the world?

What would happen if we had a few years without the league tables? I have been pondering this idea since reading the letter Ofqual sent to schools in late June. In it the chief regulator, Glenys Stacey, warns of even more “variability” in this summer’s exam results than we have experienced in recent years Actually that is probably a polite interpretation ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "You are proving my point. What I said on the earlier thread you cite is consistent with what I have said on this thread. Additionally, when I assert my right to highlight and address deliberate misrepresentations of what I have ......"

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Allan Beavis: Support the ISM Campaign to save Music Education

Music education in the UK is on the verge of collapse if the government’s plan to encourage local authorities to withdraw funding for music services goes ahead at the end of this month. Under the coalition’s schools reforms, there have been worrying signs that arts subjects have been sidelined. 15% of schools surveyed by Ipsos MORI in 2012 had withdrawn one ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by jane eades: "I am completely unmusical and gave up piano lessons when all I could do was play "God save the Queen" with one hand. However, as a retired Maths teacher I recognise the value of the broadest possible curriculum. ......"

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Roger Titcombe: Comprehensive school pupils outperform their private peers at university

This issue was tackled by Guardian Education editor Richard Adams (6 and 7 June). It was taken up in the Daily Mail on 8 June. For once I find myself agreeing more with the coverage in the Daily Mail. "Universities are set to discriminate in favour of state school applicants following research which found they get better degrees than privately-educated pupils with the ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "Just watched Tristram in the Commons replying to Gove's 'Trojan Horse' statement. In my view, 'the lad did well'...."

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Roger Titcombe: Labour will allow 16 year-olds to vote

According to an article in the Independent of 7 June here a Labour government will lower the voting age to 16: "Hundreds of thousands of teenagers would be enrolled each year [onto the electoral register] as part of a Labour constitutional reform package which includes lowering the voting age from 18 to 16." "Under the plan, schools and colleges would be legally ... read more and comment →

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Janet Downs: Are criticisms about proposed GCSE texts “complete balls”? Or do they highlight a deeper problem?

On-line petitions, complaints on Twitter and numerous column inches greeted the publication of draft GCSE syllabuses for English Literature. It was suggested that exam boards had succumbed to criticisms from Education Secretary, Michael Gove, that too many pupils studied novels such as Of Mice and Men and had, therefore, dumped American authors. The Spectator entered the fray: the vociferous opposition ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Patrick Hadley: "Gove issued new instructions about GCSE English in November 2013. These included: "Students should study a range of high quality, intellectually challenging, and substantial whole texts in detail. These must include:  at least one play by Shakespeare  at least ......"

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