Category Archives: Education

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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TechBacc support (letter in City A.M., 25/4/13)

[Re: Firms cheer UK qualification for industry skills, Tuesday] It was good to read the endorsement of the new TechBacc by Neil Carberry of the Confederation of British Industry in Tuesday’s paper. Including Level Three in maths, a vocational qualification, … Continue reading

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Educational failure of Coastal towns makes waves

Letter to the TES 5/4/13: Congratulations on your excellent cover story: at last an urgent call to action for our coastal towns (“Waiting for a sea change”, 29 March). Having visited schools across England during my term as schools commissioner, … Continue reading

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In praise of teachers

I first spoke on this topic at the 10th anniversary celebration of Teach First. I was delighted to be asked as I regard this as the most important of professions. It is we who create life chances for young people … Continue reading

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A day in the life of the Schools Commissioner

The day invariably starts with an early train from one of the London mainline stations heading to any point north, south, east or west. My keenly anticipated treat is always coffee, croissant and a table seat.  Now I have time … Continue reading

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The Co-Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum drives up standards. Way back in 1990 one of the imperatives for the newly formed independent state schools (CTCs) was a compulsory Enrichment Activity Programme to deliver variety and breadth. Every teacher and student was … Continue reading

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Schools Commissioner Liz Sidwell at the Academies Show November 2012

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