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British values and character: "You will be judged on this."

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 717 views

Last month the DfE released (non statutory) guidelines for schools, for the somewhat thorny issue of the ‘British Values’ that we are now required to nurture in our schools. Having read the document, I must stress that I think it outlines…

Notes on a scandal

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 712 views

Should we protect vulnerable children in care? This, essentially, was the question being posed by Michael Gove on Friday 13th September 2013: ‘To intervene or not to intervene? That is the question..When children are suffering, we need to act..there is…

Gove or Wilshaw: Who should we believe?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 749 views

In August, I wrote a piece entitled ‘Are Rumours of the Death of NC Levels Exaggerated?’ This was largely in response to a conversation that had taken place between my manager and I on the last day of the summer…

Is Michael Gove lying to us all?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,491 views

There is no doubt about it: I have spent long enough ranting about both the internal and external inspection systems in schools. I think prior readers will by now have realised, maybe even appreciated, my views on the whole disgraceful,…

Empowered and free? Not me, Mr Gove!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 714 views

Michael Gove delivered a speech at The Policy Exchange, London yesterday (5th September), in which he championed both teachers and teaching. For a short while afterwards I felt a nice, warm glow of something approaching relief. I think there are…

From the archive: Does blogging empower teachers?

/ November 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM 810 views

Late in 2012, I decided I’d start writing a local history blog. Although, having been an English teacher for the last 19 years, this possibly wasn’t the most logical choice. I did write one history post, but it wasn’t long before…