This site’s being saying it for years: reforms to state education in England introduced by Michael Gove are a retrograde step...Read more
Behaviourism is back and it’s taking over
A ‘delivery’ paradigm is taking over English schools. In our marketised education system the...Read more
The National Audit Office has criticised the support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in...Read more
The ethnicity ‘attainment gap’
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has produced a table showing ‘attainment gaps’ for ethnic...Read more
This is essentially an issue typical of historical interactions between the private and public sectors. It is currently topical in the English...Read more
Why are increasing numbers of children being physically restrained in mainstream and special schools?
On 25 February 2019 TES carried a...Read more
In Loco Parentis
Throughout my teaching career the legal and professional advice to schools and individual teachers was at all times to...Read more
You can read Part 1 ‘The role of religion’ here .
The first important step is to point out the difference between the state and the...Read more
These are profound issues about which there is little consensus in the UK. Elsewhere in the world states and societies are increasingly coming to...Read more
‘The parents screamed and swore at me,’ says a Sunday Times headline for an article explaining why the ‘visionary head’ of...Read more
The following are my personal views arising from Greta’s words .
On climate change
Like Greta, I am with David Attenborough and...Read more
Young people are right to care about the future. But marching while skipping school is only one, and not necessarily the most...Read more
Probably the most important short statement ever made about teaching and learning is this from Vygotsky.
As we know from...Read more
Gareth Malone is well-known for mentoring choirs. His Military Wives made the Festival of Remembrance in 2011. He searched for...Read more
School refusal, school exclusions, self harm, drug culture, gang violence, social media and child suicides all appear to be linked, but...Read more
‘Inspirational and dedicated strategic leadership’ is provided by the chief executive officer, Dr Jennifer Blunden, at Truro and...Read more