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…
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…the current curriculum manifestly fails to address what is arguably the central challenge of current times…Global climate change is no longer just a matter for scientific debate – it has become a political, social, economic and ethical problem as well. Schools have yet to fully appreciate how this is likely to impact on their practice.
Leaders and practitioners in the early years have paused for thought when faced with the statutory requirement to promote Fundamental British Values in their settings. Blogs and sector events have seen a plethora of questions as early years practitioners search for the meaning of FBV and the implications for their work with children from birth […]
During the final term of last year I heard numerous stories from highly stressed teachers, all worried about not receiving an incremental pay rise owing to anxiety over whether their pupils’ test scores were going to hit designated targets. To put it mildly, these teachers didn’t seem fans of the new performance related pay system…
On one level it seems as though the decades long battle over grammar schools has been won. They feature in neither of the main parties’ manifestos…And yet ‘grammars’ remain lurking in the shadows of this election.
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.
The earliest universities promised to give…access to ideas about man, of being, and of man’s relationship with the universe. Nowadays, most modern universities are more practical, procedural and performative in character, driven by a much higher level of accountability for public funding…
Trust has become a major theme in recent education debate. In this article Graham Birrell argues that despite the benefits it would bring, teachers shouldn’t expect to feel any more trusted post the general election.
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.
In the educational marketplace, exam results have become the ‘currency’. Chris Carpenter challenges this narrative and argues grades have become subject to ‘commodity fetishism’ in contemporary education. In formal education settings assessment grades, and in particular the grades offered by passing formal exams, have become the ‘hard currency’ of education. This has become especially true […]