Category Archives: Politics

Is the return of Grammar Schools really such a bad thing?

Theresa May’s announcement that Grammar Schools are to make a return has been greeted with near universal dismay. Grammar schools are seen as divisive and instruments of the very social engineering that they are supposed to counter. They, the argument … Continue reading

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Bigot? Racist? Or just a child?

I have mixed reactions to this piece by Hugo Muir of the Guardian. I understand that the author is saying that the ‘logging’ of ‘incidents’ really reflects on the views the children are exposed to at home, and so should … Continue reading

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The departure of Mr Gove – what did he get right?

It was quite a surprise. In fact, it was a shock. Michael Gove has certainly been one of the most instantly recognisable public figures in education for years. He has also been one of the most controversial. When his departure … Continue reading

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Just Teach Us

Yesterday I had the opportunity to find out from some pupils what they thought about the way in which they are taught. I was covering a two-hour lesson, and the set work didn’t arrive for the first 10 minutes. When … Continue reading

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Just Google it

If your flatmate asked for help in locating a green sweater that she had somehow misplaced, you’d be able to help her look for it in a genuinely useful way. You know what a sweater is, you know what green … Continue reading

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Never exclude?

I recently read this piece in the Guardian by Bergistra, a primary head working in a deprived area. The title of the piece “We can’t exclude any child … because sometimes school is all they really have”, is somewhat misleading. … Continue reading

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Edible missiles

Throughout my teaching career I’ve encountered children who throw things at others, sometimes at other children, sometimes at staff. Naively, I’ve assumed that the problem lay squarely with the children involved – they had bad manners, low social skills or … Continue reading

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A return to rote?

There has been much discussion of late, about the merits (or otherwise) of rote learning. Michael Gove has announced that this forms the basis of some of his new NC visions, but there are many detractors of it. In response … Continue reading

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Strike! Strike!

Apparently the teaching unions have announced strike action again. The article states that this is being proposed due to: salary freezes increased pension contributions rising workload performance related pay These are all things that worry teachers today. They’d worry anyone … Continue reading

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Freedom of speech? Not if you’re a teacher.

We all have the right of ‘Freedom of Speech’ don’t we? It’s one of those things that is often quoted as being one of the fundamnetal rights of being a resident of this country. So much so, that the Public … Continue reading

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