Posts Tagged ‘ Education ’

I, For One, Welcome Our New ‘Different Thinker’ Overlords…

December 20, 2014 13 Comments
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Carrie Grant (Ed: Really..?) is a modern martyr, people, so listen up when she opines! We have four children with additional needs: our eldest, Olivia, 20, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyspraxia and is studying drama at university; Talia, 13, has Asperger’s and dyscalculia; Imogen, 8, has autism including Tourette’s; while our adopted son, who is five years old, has attachment difficulties. I can only wonder why they…

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All Your Kids Are Belong To Us! Again

September 20, 2014 8 Comments
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Angry dad Adam Martin, 31, has now taken his three children, Harry, four, George, five and Amelia, seven, out of the school after losing all faith over the lunch dispute. Gas engineer Adam said: “I feel like our freedom of choice has been taken away. Yup! Because it has. And they are totally cool with it. More than that, they’re proud of it… Milefield Primary School are proud of their…

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Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

September 14, 2014 7 Comments
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Helen Price, writing in the ‘Guardian’ last year, about turning down Oxford to go to Yale: Cash-starved UK universities cannot compete with the funding opportunities offered by US colleges, whose wealthy alumni throw donations at their alma maters. Yale’s $19.4 billion endowment dwarfs Oxford’s £3.9 billion, meaning that they can pay for everything from summers abroad to huge research grants. Most of all, I noticed the difference in their attitude…

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Get ‘em Young…

March 18, 2014 4 Comments
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It’s a frequent theme in libertarian and right wing circles (pooh-poohed, of course, by the progressives) that the long march through our institutions is coming to fruition. This chilling little article in the ‘Guardian’ shows you just how deep the rot goes: Social justice is a topic ideal for use in the classroom as it touches on a wide range of themes including global citizenship, human rights and sustainable development.…

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The Three ‘R’s Are Passé…

December 6, 2013 1 Comment
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Peter Wilby on PISA (no, not the leaning tower): The triennial results from the Programme for International Assessment (Pisa), due on Tuesday but trailed in the Sunday press, have become education’s equivalent of the football World Cup. And the performance of the British teams is just as mediocre… Relegation beckons, then? So much for Tony Blair’s “education, education, education”, for it was under his regime that the 15-year-olds who took…

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”There may be trouble, ahead…”

November 18, 2013 7 Comments
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The Anaphylaxis Campaign has successfully lobbied for all schools to be required by law to support pupils with allergies. As the announcement was made in Parliament, Oswaldtwistle teacher Domenico Sanna said it was great news for youngsters struggling with severe conditions. But, presumably, not great news for schools, who will now need to draft policy that will, inevitably, err of the side of extreme caution. So not good news for…

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Attention-Seeker Gets Attention…

August 1, 2013 10 Comments
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Like thousands of people around the country, I waited eagerly for news of the royal arrival this week. There is no denying that Kate’s pregnancy has been the most celebrated bump in the UK, much scrutinised over the past nine months. And yet not so long ago, a bump of an altogether different kind was examined, and many an unwelcome eyebrow was raised. I made, shall we say, an experimental…

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Well, This Idea Sounds Nuts!

July 8, 2013 8 Comments
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Campaigners are calling for the topic to be included in the national curriculum… Oh, what now? Well, would you believe, mental health? … and for schools to provide counselling and support to any young person that needs it. Around one in five children has symptoms of depression, such as continually feeling low or sad, helpless or anxious, according to a survey for MindFull, a new mental health charity. Isn’t that…

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Is The Perfect Really The Enemy Of The Good?

July 4, 2013 6 Comments
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One head teacher clearly thinks so: From September, Oxford High School is to launch a new project dubbed ‘The Death of Little Miss Perfect’. Across all subjects, girls at the school in Belbroughton Road, North Oxford, will be challenged to take part in things with the knowledge that due to time constraints or other restrictions, they will not be able to be perfect. I eagerly await cries that they are…

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Yet More Wacky Curriculum Requests…

May 2, 2013 8 Comments
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Children should get lessons in prison life to stop them becoming involved in crime, according to the Duke of Westminster’s daughter. Lady Edwina Grosvenor, who has dedicated her life to prison reform, today called for the classes to be included in the national curriculum. Why does everyone with a tuppenny-ha’penny cause or idea feel they have the right to demand it be shoehorned into the bulging national curriculum? Surely children…

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“Don’t Look At Me!”

April 22, 2013 5 Comments
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Members of both the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT are picketing the entrance to the Littlehampton Academy today (April 17) ahead of further walkouts in the coming weeks. The unions decided on the strike action after “months” of complaints over “excessive micro-management” and “bullying” . Or ‘normal practice for private companies’, in other words. This apparently taking the form of performance management. Speaking to The Argus, NUT…

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What We Need Is A Lower Speed Limit (Because They Don’t Obey The Current Higher One)!

April 20, 2013 10 Comments
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What We Need Is A Lower Speed Limit (Because They Don’t Obey The Current Higher One)!

Is it just me, or…? Prof Snow said: “The speed limit is 30mph but drivers seem to go a bit faster than that. It would be safer if it was a 20 as it goes right past the school. “The road is a 60mph limit until just before the school, meaning people don’t always slow down in time.” They don’t slow down in time from 60mph to 30mph, but they…

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I Bet Employers Can’t Wait To Employ Them!

March 22, 2013 8 Comments
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Experts today praised a London school where lessons start at 10am saying it can help boost grades and reduce levels of depression and self-harm. Yes, I’m sure it can. Until they try to find a job keeping those hours… Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience (Ed: !!) at Oxford University, said more schools should take account of the fact that teenagers have a biological pre-disposition to go to bed later and get…

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Don’t Laugh At The Funny Yanks…

March 12, 2013 4 Comments
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…we aren’t that far behind them: According to MSNBC, Fox News Baltimore, and a host of other media outlets, the latest case of OMG (oh my gosh, or perhaps it should be called “oh my guns”) an incident involving Josh Welch, a 7-year-old second grade student at Park Elementary School in the Brooklyn Park area of Baltimore, Maryland, made the news on Friday when the boy was suspended from school…

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This CiF Column Is Just Rent-Seeking, Isn’t It?

March 8, 2013 9 Comments
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In London, where I live, the fact that we have the best schools in the country is meaningless at a local level, where there’s a chronic shortage of non-denominational, non-selective, mixed-sex school places. Does it really matter if you don’t have those things, if you have ‘the best schools in the country’? Clearly, results speak for themselves! Don’t they? From the outset, our approach was pragmatic rather than ideological: to…

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