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Leadership In Outstanding Special Schools

Leadership in Outstanding Special Schools DR MIC CAROLAN Having spent two years in a northern local authority as the education officer including Special education (which then included seven special schools, the EWO service,…

Guidance call for creationism lessons in Scottish schools

There should be a ban on teaching creationism as a science in schools, according to a group campaigning for the separation of church and state. The Scottish Secular Society called for clear guidance…

Lads mags blamed for feckless fatherhood

Here We Gove Again – Michael’s response to critics: you’re all lefty Marxist old trots, so there!

COMMENT – He’s been at it again, hasn’t he?  The current secretary of state for education, who clearly feels that a week when he isn’t making the headlines is a week lost in…

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‘The Right Stuff Fluff’ – The qualities heads need and Wilshaw’s plan to pay governors

COMMENT - Someone I know – we’ll call her Rachel – was recently interviewed for a primary headship.  On paper she was an excellent candidate – already an experienced and successful head, she has…

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Thin and Twiggy – The shadow education secretary’s values, aims and beliefs?

COMMENT – I’ve been thinking about Stephen Twigg quite a bit recently.  He’s principally famous for that cheeky grin when he realised, back in May 1997, that he’d created what was to be…

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National Curriculum – Why the new curriculum is not grounded in reality

COMMENT – I decided to wait a while before writing about the new National Curriculum, because there are times when your own reactions need to be measured against those of other, possibly less…

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U Beginnings – Talkin’ happy talk, a new curriculum & a massive u-turn

COMMENT - There I was, all set to write a piece based on three articles that appeared in the same issue of the Daily Telegraph, when up popped my favourite little bête noire, Michael…

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Turning a DfE Ear – Gove presses on with deeply unpopular ‘deep thought’ reforms

COMMENT – The news recently that Michael ‘if I haven’t changed it, it’s soft, leftish and unfit for purpose’ Gove proposes to reform A levels – apparently on the grounds that people keep…

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Free Schools to Frisé Cool – Gove acquires new lap dog to have by the short and curlies

COMMENT – I was beyond delighted this morning when I heard the news that Michael ‘No Scots accent for me, Jimmy’ Gove and his wife had adopted a rescue dog.  I almost entered…

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The Estelles 2012 – Celebrating the year’s golden moments of ineptitude!

COMMENT – I’ve come only latterly to Facebook, which I used to view as a showing-off tool for young people; however, I’ve discovered that through it I can foist my bon mots, pearls…

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