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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have been worrying signs that arts subjects have been sidelined. 15% of schools surveyed by Ipsos MORI in 2012 had withdrawn one ...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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Latest comment by FJM: "Indeed!..."

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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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Henry Stewart: Bias and Propaganda in A Level History

Those on the right regularly complain of left-wing bias in the school curriculum. For instance Jago Pearson wrote in the Telegraph in January: "Michael Gove is right. My time studying History at school and university was dominated by Left-wing thinking." My son is currently taking his AS History and doesn't see much evidence of this. Indeed he has been shocked by the ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by agov: "You should have read the comment by ' delnon' in the article you reference - "One in ten? So many? In the early 1980s TES reported that 82% of teachers were Conservatives. There's a moral there somewhere: not that ......"

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Janet Downs: Do Catholic, state-selective and high-performing private schools predominantly use “traditional methods”?

“…the old-fashioned approach to education that still prevails in Catholic schools, selective state schools and high-performing private schools has almost no defenders.” Toby Young, Prisoners of The Blob These “old-fashioned” methods, according to Young, include direct teaching instruction (aka “chalk-and-talk”) and “rote learning”. But do Catholic, state-selective and private schools predominantly use this approach? Do they turn their back on ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "It can also be argued that Philosophy and Ethics involve a large element of critical / analytical thinking. It also appears to have passed Mr Young by that the Pearson groups paper on making education work gives equal weighting to skills ......"

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John Mountford: Shanghai et al – What the evidence seems to tell us about how to reform education.

The global debate about the reform of education is significantly influenced by the performance of fifteen year olds in around seventy countries worldwide. It measures outcomes across a narrow range of subjects through comparing results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), devised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Testing takes place every three years ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "John and Nigel - one facet of the Shanghai system missing from the English system is the "no blame" culture highlighted by the authors of the National College for School Leadership report into the Shanghai system (summarised here). Can't see Truss ......"

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Andy: Preparing pupils for the next steps and beyond

Contrary to the recent assertions (sound bites) from Tristram Hunt and Michael Gove, contributors to LSN already recognise that schools have always - wittingly or unwittingly - imparted resilience, courage and determination to pupils. It was then a wonderful breath of fresh air to listen to Heather Hanbury, Head Teacher at Wimbledon High School, speaking about teaching failure on Radio 4 ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Barry - I guess you haven't listened to the programme. Yes, Ms Hanbury is head of an independent girls' school with high-flying pupils but she spoke a lot of sense. Her definition of failure was not, as you ......"

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Allan Beavis: Ofsted challenges Music Education Hubs but it is the government’s attitude to music and arts education that will handcuff them

This month, Ofsted published a short Report revealing that the Music Education Hubs, set up by the coalition to implement the National Plan for Music Education, had largely failed to improve music education for all. Only a third of the hubs surveyed had taken steps to work differently by at least engaging with schools in a dialogue about improving music ... read more and comment →

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Roger Titcombe: What makes teachers unhappy and does it matter?

Francis Gilbert's thoughtful post and the responses hit some raw nerves and raise important issues. It seems to me that, apart from justified concerns about threats to national pay scales and pensions, job satisfaction in teaching is closely linked to the issue of school improvement. In GCSE benchmark terms, the degree of apparent school improvement has been astonishing and has ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Francis Gilbert: "Thanks for this Roger, I remember Paul Black, the author of many books about teaching, saying that the best thing is to get teachers together actually talking about the processes of teaching, and to feel that they have a stake ......"

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