Tag: Education

Can parents replace their children’s teachers? Not by a long chalk.

Can parents replace their children’s teachers? Not by a long chalk.

Teaching is not easy at the best of times, so to be handed the responsibility of educating children having received no training or experience is daunting. But that is exactly what faced millions of parents when schools were suddenly closed due to the Coronavirus crisis. Their charges – of whatever age – needed to continue…

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Phonics is sounding out success

Phonics is sounding out success

As a passionate advocate of education being the key to unlocking the success of the country as whole, it was great to hear the news of England and Northern Ireland climbing the education league tables. When it comes to reading at primary level, England and Northern Ireland are both now in the top 10 countries…

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Don’t ‘Brexit’ the education debate

Don’t ‘Brexit’ the education debate

Theresa May’s shock announcement to hold an early General Election had barely registered before all political pundits pronounced it a Brexit Mark II referendum. And I for one will be deeply dismayed if the well-worn argument over Brexit dominates the election debate when there are so many other pressing domestic issues, not least in education.…

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