Tag Archives: controversy

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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Should schools send pupils home for wearing the wrong uniform?

Yesterday I was asked to write a short piece (400 words) contributing to the debate about whether Matthew Tate, the headteacher of Hartsdown Academy in Margate, was right to send pupils home for failing to adhere to the school’s strict … Continue reading

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A fresh perspective

I’m back. Blogging, that is. I never went away from supply teaching. But something happened that made me think I needed to reappraise my position and ideas with regard to teaching and following educational policies. I had just described a … Continue reading

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Jeremy Clarkson? He’s in year 9, isn’t he?

Much has been made in the news about the recent ‘fracas’ between Jeremy Clarkson and his producer Oisin Tymon. Essentially, Clarkson was upset that instead of being given a hot steak, he was provided with cold food. His reaction to … Continue reading

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The mantle of the expert

Last night there was a big debate on Twitter about the usefulness (or otherwise) of the Mantle of the Expert. If you’re unfamiliar with this idea / theory / technique, there’s a lot of information on the website Mantle of … Continue reading

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