Long reads

The following are my personal views arising from Greta’s words . On climate change Like Greta, I am with David Attenborough and the climate... Read more
When this question is asked by a politician, an unsolicited social media post, or someone selling you something, it is always wise to think about it... Read more
School refusal, school exclusions, self harm, drug culture, gang violence, social media and child suicides all appear to be linked, but there is no... Read more
The value of metacogition has been recognised by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and followers can sign up to receive a ten part briefing on... Read more
The purpose of schools is to fill the heads of children with knowledge. Who could argue with that? It’s obvious right? ‘Self evident’ has always been... Read more
This was the subject of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme broadcast on 4 February 2019. As the number of children leaving school in favour of home... Read more
I have recently written a number of articles on the subject of the ‘Attainment Gap’ and the ‘Pupil Premium’. Having discovered the email address for... Read more
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