Month: June 2017

Pupils and Politics – what is the role of the school?

Turnout for the last election from younger voters was the highest ever seen.   The recently held Scottish Independence referendum reduced the age of enfranchisement to sixteen.  After decades of apathy and disinterest (hardly ever addressed by politicians) the young of the United Kingdom seem to be slowly waking up and getting out of their beds with regards to politics. But does this place an expectation on schools to educate students more in this field?  And if so, how?  Neutrality is inscribed in the pedagogy of politics in schools, and therein lies a problem – it is hard to be...

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Is the secondary school curriculum fit for purpose?

As students come to the end of the GCSE exam period, a collective sigh of relief can be heard all over the country: parents, pupils and teachers. Come the third week of August and there will undoubtedly be a sharp intake of breath for all concerned as students receive their results – and this year we shall be entering the unknown with the first series of results being published for the new GCSEs Grade 1-9 in English and Maths. The new GCSEs are a significant step up in challenge for students. Amid all the whys and wherefores of whether...

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State v Independent – dispelling some myths?

Independent Schools?  Full of old blokes in tweed jackets and leather arm patches, set seats in the Common Room, sherry at four and pupils doffing their boaters before going off for a spot of Eton Fives and a dash down to the Dorm. State Schools?  Always on strike, kids up the walls and everybody out by 3.00pm. Is that really how our two main sectors of education regard each other?  Hopefully not.   Every private school teacher and state school professional know that they have to work long hours in the face of tons of pressure and diminishing support, before...

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