Category Archives: Educational Developments

SATs and all that

Just read that the NUT conference supported the suggestion of a boycott on SATs in primary schools. I am, of course, glad to see teachers making a stand on an educational matter, and prioritising pupils’ welfare.  I certainly agree with … Continue reading

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“More maths teachers”

Although obviously the sheer horror of Betsy DeVos’s appointment in the US inevitably trumps anything home grown, I couldn’t help finding myself seriously incensed by this article:- https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/acute-shortage-excellent-maths-teachers-down-government-heres-my He wants the most selective maths degree courses to become less selective. … Continue reading

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Another universal panacea…

BBC Education News is reporting on the introduction of the “Asian Maths Method” to primary schools. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against new approaches, whether they are from Asia, Mars, or the next classroom along. We should always … Continue reading

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A rant on exams

This is undoubtedly a sign I am now a permanent resident of Grumpy Old Woman land, rather than just a frequent visitor – but I am fed up with people moaning about exams. Not only do I hear these complaints … Continue reading

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State-sponsored religious indoctrination?

There’s an alarmist title. No, nothing going on overseas – it’s the latest comment from our Education Secretary who  says schools must teach that we are “a Christian country“. I tried to calm myself down after reading the headline. OK, be … Continue reading

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Choice

We’ve been having a bit of discussion at school recently about how much choice we should be giving the kids in their GCSE options. It’s something that arouses quite strong feelings (mind you, put a load of teachers together discussing … Continue reading

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Selection

There’s been a lot of discussion of the proposed new grammar school (or rather “grammar school extension”) in Sevenoaks being approved (eg here). Not impressed with the weasel words claiming that it’s not a new school. In practice, it is. … Continue reading

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