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Is the mental health crisis in English schools being driven by the changes in teaching methods demanded by marketisation?

School refusal, school exclusions, self harm, drug culture, gang violence, social media and child suicides all appear to be linked, but there is no consensus on either the main causes, or effective responses, as is clear from this Guardian article. … Continue reading

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Academisation and Progress 8 – the twin drivers of educational failure

This article contains many quotes from others (follow the links). All such quotes are in italics. The blog site ‘Reclaiming Schools’ has published another well-argued article about Progress 8¬†. Progress 8 was supposed to be a fair measure of secondary … Continue reading

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The Pupil Premium – OfSTED National Director responds

I have recently written a number of articles on the subject of the ‘Attainment Gap’ and the ‘Pupil Premium’. Having discovered the email address for Amanda Spielman from her letter to the Public Accounts committee, I have tried to engage … Continue reading

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Can within-classroom inequalities ever be closed?

I return to the work of¬†Professor Rebecca (Becky) Allen, Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education, who has published a set of three articles analysing the fallacies peddled by DfE, the Sutton Trust, the Social … Continue reading

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More evidence-based argument on the ‘attainment gap’ fallacy

I refer to the work of Professor Rebecca (Becky) Allen, Director of the Centre for Education Improvement Science, UCL Institute of Education, who has published a set of three articles analysing the fallacies peddled by DfE, the Sutton Trust, the … Continue reading

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P4C (primary) + CASE (secondary) = Raised attainment for all

Evidence that the title of this article should be taken seriously can be found here and here. On 7 October 2018 I wrote to the Fair Education Alliance. This is the gist of what I wrote (italics). It is important … Continue reading

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In praise of P4C

At the start of 2018, I was appointed governor of a local junior school. And a very good school it is too, with an excellent head and dedicated, hard working teachers. As I had been head of an inner-urban secondary … Continue reading

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