Long reads

This update of my article of 25 April 2016 has been prompted by the recent case of the children of a Syrian family being bullied and the aggression... Read more
Professor Becky Allen of the UCL Institute of Education has written important articles about the Pupil Premium (PP) that I discuss here and here . It... Read more
I have just watched Emily Thornbury on the Andrew Marr show (11 Nov 2018) being asked about the view of the London Mayor that, “the problem would... Read more
I return to the work of Professor Rebecca (Becky) Allen , Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education, who... Read more
I refer to the work of Professor Rebecca (Becky) Allen , Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education, who... Read more
Writing for LSN in 2014, the late Maurice Holt noted the ‘transatlantic bridge tendency’ in English education policy – which, for more than three... Read more
At the start of 2018, I was appointed governor of a local junior school. And a very good school it is too, with an excellent head and dedicated, hard... Read more
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a seven part guide to improving secondary science teaching . It is excellent, and draws... Read more
This 1999 paper by Professor Michael Shayer is of enormous significance for the future of the English education system and the way that school... Read more
This is the title of a Guardian article which appeared on 11 September 2018. The following (in italics) are excerpts. Major study of 1.8 million... Read more
GCSE is the ‘common exam at 16+’ created by the merging of the GCE and CSE systems. I entered university in 1965 on the basis of the national ‘... Read more
The Guardian of 2 September 2018 carried this story from which I quote as follows (in italics). Parents have criticised the use of isolation booths... Read more
Shortly to be published research by Professor Michael Shayer reveals an accidental breakthrough in how highly significant cognitive development in... Read more
Dr Montacute’s article is linked to a Sutton Trust media release of 31 July 2018, purporting to show that high attaining disadvantaged pupils are... Read more
Inspiration would run Trafalgar College and GY (VA) High by September 2016, DfE officals said But no consultation or publicity had taken place ‘The... Read more
Consider these quotes from this recent Guardian article . The system is now pushing schools and their heads to prioritise “the interests of the... Read more
This year marks a signifi cant anniversary in the history of education policy in this country. Thirty years ago this summer the Great Education... Read more
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