Category: Curriculum

Praise the quiet revolution

Praise the quiet revolution

It is easy to criticise and pick faults with our education system because we all have thoughts about how it should be run and how children should be taught. But praise must also be issued when the system improves. And that has happened. A quiet revolution has been taking place since the coalition Government took…

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Scrap Blair not exams

Scrap Blair not exams

Tony Blair has a cheek by saying A Levels and GCSEs should be scrapped. He was responsible for eroding the standards in schools, so perhaps his latest foray into education policy is his plan to finish the job he began as Prime Minister? He should pipe down. The former PM wants exams replaced with assessments.…

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Morality teaching has gone too far

Morality teaching has gone too far

Two years ago the Department for Education introduced a new framework for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools. The intent might have been understandable and welcomed, but the result is hard to understand and unwelcome. It has led to a variety of education ‘providers’ supplying schools with assets that include…

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Cooking – a life lesson

Cooking – a life lesson

Working class Tory MP Lee Anderson caused a storm after saying that many people who use foodbanks can’t budget or cook properly. At the foodbank he works at in his Ashfield constituency, those seeking help have to sign up to budgeting and cookery lessons. The cost-of-living crisis has focused attention on these issues and for…

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How to kill a classic novel

How to kill a classic novel

To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men are two of the finest novels of the last century. Millions of youngsters over multiple generations have read, enjoyed and learned from them. Harper Lee’s masterpiece is one of the greatest anti-racist tomes ever written and Steinbeck deals with poverty during the Great Depression. So, it…

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