The arrival of Jeremy Corbyn as a political leader of a mainstream British political party feels like a big change. He’s not the usual kind of politician, careful to avoid difficult questions, keen to project a certain kind of business-like image…Oddly enough, a very similar sort of change has happened in the Catholic Church…
Author Archive | Bob Bowie
Bob Bowie takes a look at what the Conservatives are promising for Education over the next five years and suggests it’s simply more of the same.
Concern about the radicalisation of children has concentrated the minds at the DfE and Home Office on the moral formation of children and the ethos of schools. Government is looking ‘upstream’ to find early interventions that reduce the risk of terrorism.
For a number of reasons it’s getting harder to find schools to say yes (to student placements), with two factors above all cited – the fear of the progress data of a particular class getting damaged by teaching from a very inexperienced student and, similarly, ‘our data isn’t good enough and we’re expecting an Ofsted […]
The Carter Review comes after a radical restructuring of the ITE funding mechanism, giving much more money to schools and incentivising them to train their own teachers alongside traditional university-led routes into teaching…It’s interesting to speculate what such a report might have said four years ago. At that time the DfE could have taken a […]
How can schools effectively challenge radical extremist discourses without teachers who have confidence in exploring issues of national identity and cultural diversity, shared values, human rights and democracy? To consider these soft or second order educational aims is to fail to recognise the role schools play as community institutions and it undermines community capital to […]
As schools are given greater and greater powers over curriculum and teachers’ pay and performance, the business of governance and accountability comes under the spotlight. Statements by the Chief Inspector of Ofsted early this year spotlighted the role and perceived weaknesses of some governing bodies. What do we want from our school governors? What do […]