School culture

Exam pressure causes stress – it’s well-known. And a little stress can improve performance – a ‘chilled’ attitude can cause underachievement and... 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
Every Facebook user should be aware of the business model of ‘free’ social media type services. It is to collect personal data and then sell it for... 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
This is the title of a publication by ‘More than a score’. More than a score is a broad coalition established by the largest teachers’ union the NUT... Read more
It’s essential, politicians say, for schools to close the gap in GCSE achievement between disadvantaged and advantaged pupils. But very few schools... Read more
The headline is true. But it’s also mischievous and misleading. Mischievous because it attempts to demonize free schools. It’s an antidote to recent... Read more
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published what is probably the most comprehensive study yet on ‘The Attainment Gap’ , which has been the... Read more
There are over 500 primary schools and about 200 secondary schools which have been stuck on requires improvement or satisfactory for their last two... 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
(This was first published in Education Forward: Moving schools into the future , a call for a new approach to education) Is it time for a focus on... Read more
A teacher, known as Ms C, was awarded damages of £52,493 in September for indirect sex discrimination and unfair dismissal after she was sexually... Read more
In July 2014, Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, announced* that schools in Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT) would receive £260,900 from the... Read more
Disappeared: the headteachers sacked and gagged by academy trusts School leaders who don’t show rapid improvement in results are being ruthlessly... Read more
Teaching morale is low these days, what with cuts, workload, high stakes tests... And that’s without twitter drawing attention to self-promoting... Read more
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26.09.17 by
The inspiration for this article is Steven Pinker’s 1994 book, ‘The Language Instinct’, in which he builds on Chomsky’s assertion of the existence in... Read more
I recently received this link to a video posted on Facebook . It is presented by Michael Moore and appears to have been made on a visit to Finland,... Read more
We recently visited the Beamish museum in Co Durham. This is a brilliant and highly recommended outdoor museum with many sites connected by a tramway... Read more