In September 2015, The UK Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb released a statement which stated that summer born children in England starting their school lives at compulsory school age (CSA) of 5 would be allowed to start in reception class and stay with that younger cohort throughout their education rather than be forced […]
…If we see the curriculum as jazz then we can see that there are guidelines given but that the teachers are encouraged to ‘own’ the processes and adapt the content, the presentation and the organisation as they see fit. In this way they can become curriculum ‘makers’ as well as curriculum ‘deliverers’.
It seems to me that every week there are headlines in which the NHS is being castigated by either regulators, politicians or the media, or indeed all three at the same time. A recent flurry of articles has made me realise that there are many parallels between the attacks on the NHS and what we […]
Leaving aside the fact that 7% of our children are taught in private schools…the level of segregation within the state sector, most particularly by poverty and social class, is ‘an affront to social justice’ and we do ‘need nothing short of radical, whole-scale reform.’
In this piece Mathew Brown and Chris Carpenter explore how social difference was presented in Educational Policy under the Coalition Government and suggest that this can be located in previous administrations and are consistent with wider political imperatives. Introduction From the earliest times in modern civilisation people have organised themselves into sub-groups based on religious […]
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…
…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.