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NUT strike: the only way to stop a shipwreck

Schools in England are heading for the rocks. They are dealing concurrently with: forced academies and free schools a school places crisis because Local Authorities are forbidden from building schools an impossible curriculum tests and exams designed so that children … Continue reading

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Brexit campaign leaves children scared

Racism was the main energy behind the Brexit campaign, and now we are seeing the ugly consequences. The Huffington Post has pulled together dozens of twitter reports of nasty attacks and verbal abuse not just against EU citizens but on anybody who looks ‘foreign’. Saw … Continue reading

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Primary schools responding to diversity

New research by inclusion and SEN experts Mel Ainscow and Alan Dyson, in partnership with Lisa Hopwood and Stephanie Thomson, shows how a fragmented school system is affecting vulnerable children. It raises issues about the way diversity is understood primarily in … Continue reading

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whose fundamental British values?

Following the Conservative Party Conference, the BBC’s celebration of National Poetry Day entitled ‘We British’ might have seemed like a chance for more flag-waving. There were lots of surprises. In the final programme, Hollie McNish performed her new poem on British identity: … Continue reading

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Choking on their own eloquence

The news broadcasts are overflowing with the eloquence of Government ministers at their party conference. What kind of education has enabled them to twist logic and pose as the friends of low-paid workers and Syrian refugees, the “true party of … Continue reading

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No man is an island: Syrian refugees in Budapest

No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, any man’s death diminishes me, because … Continue reading

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More PISA myths part 2

Analysis by Pat Thomson and Terry Wrigley (continued) Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s director of education and skills (the man in charge of PISA), recently sent a challenging article to BBC News website. Under the title ‘Seven big myths about top-performing school … Continue reading

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