Jonathan Barnes and Vanessa Young

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Values Matter

Discussions around ‘British’ values, faith schools and inclusion remind us that values stand at the heart of what we do in education. At a national level values are embedded in the national curriculum and government policy decisions. At a local level schools must formulate and publish aims or mission statements identifying the principles which underpin […]

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New Year’s Resolutions from a Believer in Promise

Like it or not, every school has an ethos. Good or bad, a school’s values inform and shape its curriculum, teaching styles, relationships and organisation. Pressures to make that ethos one of compliance, competition and risk-aversion have been great over past years; but more sustainable principles are on offer. My research, at the end of […]

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The view from my ivory tower: a response

On March 19th I was one of the one hundred signatories of a letter suggesting that the draft curriculum was too dependent on dry facts, over-prescriptive, untrusting of teachers and narrow. We feared such a curriculum would demotivate many children by failing to develop their interests, hamper their ability to think critically and creatively and […]

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