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Academies by the seaside. 

‘All academies by 2020’ – the debate on structures is already in full swing.  The question is can academies rise to the challenge and do the job education in this country needs?  That is not single academies but academies in … Continue reading

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Research led by schools 

At last we are seeing an emphasis on research coming out of the profession for use by the profession.  It is the practising teachers after all who know what works and what is worth trying as well as what needs … Continue reading

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What’s in a name? 

‘Pobble’ …  initially it meant nothing to me,  this being partly due to my being a geographer and secondary teacher. Then I remembered of course ‘ he had no toes’  yes,  Edward Lear’s nonsense rhyme came back to me courtesy … Continue reading

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‘Technology is Key’

This was stated at an International Women’s Forum (IWF) meeting today and it’s right.  One has only to judge by the rich debate that followed and the number of related issues brought to the table not all of them gender … Continue reading

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Turn class size upside down

Dame Julia Goodfellow was in the press this weekend in her role as President of Universities UK (UUK). Her preoccupations included the case for higher fees for science and medical degrees and the need to tackle the laddish culture in … Continue reading

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How long a day?? 

Watching ‘How Tough are our Kids?’,  the recent TV screening of the experiences of the Chinese School at the outstanding Bohunt School, set me wondering about length of the school day again. I felt rather embarrassed seeing the stampede at … Continue reading

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Destinations? Where next? 

If less than 10% of Year 11 expressed an interest in pursuing vocational learning as happened in a school I know recently, does it mean there is no demand for such a pathway for young people.  No surely not.  Rather … Continue reading

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