…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.
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.
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 […]
How might the likely post-general election funding squeeze effect schools? Sam Freedman, Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact for Teach First and former Policy Advisor to Michael Gove, explores the consequences, concluding it could force schools to make some significant decisions regarding their futures. Over the course of the last Labour Government schools saw huge […]
In this interactive infographic, Sarah Christie brings together the key facts and opinions about the current trend in the UK for increasingly formalised education for children at an ever-younger age.
If character is important, which it surely is, is such an idiosyncratic and unreconstructedly male account of it good enough, and is it for government to impose this or any other notion of character on every child in the land, of whatever inclination, personality, gender or culture?
School newsletters – those crumpled pieces of paper found, all too often, at the bottom of a schoolbag long after they are dispatched – are a humble but important part of school-home communication. In this article, Joanna Apps and Kevin Brewster, analyse the messages they convey. Finding the best way to engage parents in their […]