Category Archives: Education

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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Working with volunteers

I have been musing on the fact that schools are dependent on two groups of volunteers to maximise attainment and how schools can work with these people more effectively and show real appreciation. After all one cannot hire and fire … Continue reading

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