Climbing Trees

Last week I had the dubious pleasure of being part of a group of Head Teachers addressed by the formidable Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted. …

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Learning

The annual educational cycle has begun once more with the ritual first assembly of the new academic year safely completed. The first assembly affords the Head Master the opportunity to …

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Holidays

The long school summer holiday is under scrutiny again with renewed interest in reform sparked by the news that individual maintained sector schools will be free to set their own te …

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Pass or Fail

The debate over how to overhaul the GCSE examination has produced a marvellously large number of new proposals. The outline seems clear enough with harder tests sat at the end of the c …

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Subsidiaries and Supplements

Until 2001 most Sixth Form students took 3 or 4 (for the ambitious or brilliant) A levels. Advanced Supplementary (AS) levels were available in most subjects but were largely ignored by …

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School Trips

For most adults, school trips to museums, theatres or outdoor camps make up a positive and important part of their school memories. Nationally, however, school trips appear still to …

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Birthdays, Examinations and Fairness

‘The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was b …

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Bigger is Better

[caption id="attachment_1927" align="alignnone" width="500"] large and small goldfish showing different competition or friendship concept[/caption] I came …

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Studying On-Line

When I started teaching Physics (some time ago) I would occasionally make use of an Open University video clip to illustrate some particular point at A level. The characteristic brass fanfare http://www.you …

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Skills and Content

'Bitzer,' said Thomas Gradgrind. 'Your definition of a horse.' 'Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring; in marshy countries, sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth.' Thus (and much more) Bitzer. 'Now gir …

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