Category Archives: Education

Two years with the UTCs

It has been just over two years actually since I joined Lord Baker and his team at the Baker Dearing Trust (BDT).  Why join? Well these new schools , Universtity Technical Colleges, must be our best hope to establish a … Continue reading

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Read the small print

Details can be irritating,  it is so much easier to read the headlines.  This means that full understanding is never achieved whether it be over a new washing machine or a new policy.  The latter of course is much more … Continue reading

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The London Academy of Excellence (LAE)

I read with real delight about the amazing achievements of the first students graduating from this newly formed Sixth Form College.  Large numbers have qualified for Russell Group universities including Oxbridge. These are young people from Newham, one of our … Continue reading

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Sidwell Company CCF

I’m all for expanding opportunities for young people and so when Gordon Brown, the then PM said he would fund five new cadet forces in state schools, I was the first to apply. Thus Sidwell Company CCF was born at … Continue reading

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Six months on…

30 years employed full time, then on May 1st 2013 it was all down to me. I was an education consultant and director of my own company.  How would it be?  Well 6 months on and I’m enjoying the new … Continue reading

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Girls and opportunities

Last Friday I went to see ‘Blue Stockings’ at the Globe.  It served as a reminder that we owe much to those first women who committed themselves to scholarship and gave up the accepted life of a wife and mother.  … Continue reading

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Seaside towns show the need for UTCs

Once again we have a call to arms on behalf of our seaside towns. See a recent report from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Telegraph 6.8.13.  The disproportionate levels of poverty in terms both of wealth and aspiration in … Continue reading

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Letter to the editor: City A.M.

[Re: Open for business: How universities can boost our long-term recovery] Stephen Caddick is right to call for more active collaboration between business and universities. This is happening already through the University Technical Colleges (UTCs) across the country. These institutions … Continue reading

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Letter in Sunday Times, 23/6/13

Re: “Poor white children do worst at school” June 16, 2013, p1 by Sian Griffiths It is good to see Ofsted highlighting the poor performance of children in coastal areas and most importantly calling for new policies and approaches to close this … Continue reading

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Closing the technical education gap

As Schools Commissioner visiting schools across England for the past 2 years,  my brief was to ‘close the gap’.  As it turns out there are many gaps in education:  the gap in standards achieved by those on free school meals … Continue reading

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