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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 […]
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?
With another general election looming, education and teacher education is already featuring as a battle ground. Should our children be taught by qualified teachers or not? William Stow wonders whether this headline debate is a distraction from bigger issues and fails to address the key point – how do we recruit AND retain the best […]
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 […]