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My immediate impression after a perusal of Sutton Trust's website and their projects a few months ago was that they're a right wing think tank with the sanctimonious mandate to "ensure that the very few rough diamonds are lifted out of the mire" ... their proposed policy to put the very bright disadvantaged kids in private schools only confirms this.
One of my favourites is the Sutton Trust's report of 2009 "Teach Primary - Improving the Status and Quality of Primary School Teaching" in which they proudly and ground breakingly conclude that the way to improve Primary teaching in disadvantaged areas is to ......wait for it wait for it " pay the teachers more money " and sex up the pRiamry School image and create multi priamry school trusts.
None of this nonsense addresses why you consistently feel the need to misrepresent and misquote what Sahlberg actually said and meant. You undermine what opinion you may have by betraying a spectacular ignorance about Sahlberg, Finland and the history of state education in this country from 1944. Perhaps this is the fruit of your private school education. Too much superifical cut and pasting being passed off as profound knowledge to hoodwink the hoipolloi. It all breaks down and you are unmasked as the fake when you are engaging with people here (far more authoritative than the likes of you and me) who have actually read the books, done the hours of research and turned up for the lectures.
I have a very bright child ...however I won't be applying for a Sutton Trust place in an independent school.... I would worry too much about the sort of people he was meeting and values he was getting at an independent school .... what if he came home a twat n a cravat???? unthinkable
Andy, You sum up exactly why so few people visit this site. The tiny number of contributors gives the game away. In all honesty, as a parent and educational outsider, I am so blinded with hatred of the paucity of aspiration and blinkered bigotry of so much commentary here that I am incapable of any constructive contribution. I must bow out.This whole blog is about as much use as a self licking lollipop.
That you are blind with the hatred of the truly phobic is not in doubt! You won't be missed, assuming people have even noticed you've slunk off.
All too passive-aggressive and faux victimization here. And - not for the first, second or third time - off post, Andy, so lets just acknowledge now the shameful and vicious way you sought to discredit and humiliate a regular contributor here. Your phony outrage is risible.
What is risible is the way in which you use another contributor to try and deflect attention from your aggressive posturing, which is truly shameful.
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