Curriculum

The ‘north/south attainment gap’ claimed to exist by The Sutton Trust, The Social Mobility Foundation, the DfE, the National Schools Commissioner and... Read more
The decline in inspection outcomes for non-association, non-special independent schools during the academic year 2016/17 ‘has been quite stark’, says... Read more
I have received this response from The Sutton Trust to my article questioning the ‘attainment gap’ . Research by John Goldthorpe has shown that... Read more
Former Education Secretary Justine Greening has been speaking at the Sutton Trust . Former Education Secretary Justine Greening’s powerful words [... Read more
Five challenges face English schools, Robert Halfon, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, said yesterday. He was speaking in an... Read more
Exam pressure causes stress – it’s well-known. And a little stress can improve performance – a ‘chilled’ attitude can cause underachievement and... Read more
Developing countries can show England how to solve the teacher supply crisis, a Times article (7 April 2018 behind paywall) claims. The Times cited... Read more
On 31 March 2018, I watched a BBC 2 Sir David Attenborough programme about birds’s eggs. Although I have only a modest interest in garden birds,... Read more
She stole the show at the Oscars – little Maisy Sly, profoundly deaf, who played Libby in the film The Silent Child . The film won the Oscar for Best... Read more
According to schools minister Nick Gibb, the debate about reformed GCSE English Literature earlier this week was ‘just one more example’ of Labour’s... Read more
Amanda Spielman, Chief Ofsted inspector, told the ASCL annual conference yesterday that she wants a ‘frank discussion’ about teacher workload. As she... Read more
We have ways to make schools conform to a centrally-imposed curriculum. That’s the message from Policy Exchange (PX) in its report, ‘ Completing the... Read more
According to legend , Robert Bruce lost his gauntlets while visiting Clackmannanshire, a tiny local authority nicknamed ‘The Wee County’. When... Read more
Teachers at flagship free school Michaela Community School (MCS) fear they will be ‘harmed’ by pupils from other schools, recent accounts* reveal. It... Read more
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24.02.18 by
The case for reason, science, humanism and progress, by Steven Pinker Book Review by Roger Titcombe. Steven Pinker is Johnstone Family Professor in... Read more
‘The tech gurus of Silicon Valley know that screens do not belong in the classroom’ Times leader 10 February 2018 (£) This isn’t new. The Daily Mail... Read more
Test your knowledge of education events discussed on this site in 2017. One point for each answer (they’re at the bottom – don’t cheat) and a bonus... Read more
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07.12.17 by
This post is prompted by an article in today's 'i' newspaper that includes a table of EU and EFTA countries in order of the percentage of secondary... Read more