Tag: Education

Worms Start Turning…

Peter Preston on the double-standard relating to school attendance: Parents are responsible for making sure their children go to school. Headteachers say so; ministers say so; the law says so. If your child is registered to attend a school, then…

Call My Bluff: Junior Edition

When I saw this report, I had to double-check the date to make sure it wasn’t someone at the ‘Mail’ jumping the gun with an ‘April Fool’: A Government initiative to test school literacy levels will see more than 500,000…

Here’s A Thought; Make Up Your Own Minds…

Recommendations that babies should be breastfed for six months, without introducing solid food or other liquids, is considered “unrealistic and unachievable” by many families, experts from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Stirling argue. Well, that’s why they…

First they came for the language…

Charles Crawford has turned his fire on the Left’s attack on ‘elitist, bourgeois’ teaching of grammar. His bull’s-eye of the day is Michael Rosen. Good. I have added my pen’orth to Crawford’s blog, more or less thuswise: Michael Rosen? Would…

School Rules Again…

Teachers at Quest Academy, in Selsdon, are seizing jackets if students are seen wearing or carrying them indoors. Pupils say it is “unbelievable” to introduce the rule at a time of year when many walk home in freezing weather. Eh..?…

Required: The Wisdom Of Solomon

A deaf and blind teenager is refusing to go to school after teachers banned her guide dog from the dining hall. Molly Watt, 17, says she was left to eat lunch alone in a separate room because another pupil who…

What’s Wrong With Healthy Competition?

A headteacher in Thamesmead has been accused of trying to poach pupils… Yikes! … from nearby schools. Whew! A team of advertising professionals has been deployed by Willow Bank Primary School, in Yarnton Way, to recruit pupils. Excellent, a school…

Watch It And Weep…

So, Channel 4 is to launch yet another ‘fly on the wall’ series, this one focussing on an Essex school: Channel 4’s Educating Essex is the most ambitious observational television documentary yet made in a school. The “bog-standard comprehensive” (in…

Points Mean Prizes!

Hundreds of schools have driven up the amount they will be paid under the Government’s “pupil premium” initiative – designed to “reward” them for taking poorer children – by encouraging parents to apply for free school meals (FSM) for their…

Permitted discrimination

We all know that we’re not allowed to discriminate against almost anyone these days, even though discrimination is, when you get right down to it, someone just making a choice. It might well be a choice that I think makes…