Archive for June, 2012

I’d just like to contrast two parts of the speech that Gove made (taken from the online document, not sure how closely he stuck to the script) at the Spectator Conference. I promise, after this I’m sticking to pedagogy for a bit, I’ve had enough of politics. Michael Gove faced criticism from an unexpected source […]

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Gove’s Resit


I was already planning to type up a few more developments in the #govelevels saga. Reading that Gove is to blame pretty much everyone except politicians for the difficulties in the exam system just means I’m finding it a little hard to be balanced. I’ll do my best, because I partly wonder if his intent […]

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Well, it’s been an interesting few days. I offer no apology for my knee-jerk reaction to the news that our Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, was proposing a return to two distinct tiers (caution, DailyMail link) at age 16. I’ve spent the last few days trying to track the story, as much as […]

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I’m sure my readers, if there are any, are familiar with the fantastic 500words project running to get people thinking about the purpose of education. I wrote my own contribution a while back, but today – because of all the fuss of the last few days about #govelevels – I wanted to write one from […]

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Book Busking


Where possible, I buy local. We have organic meat and eggs, for welfare reasons rather than concerns about pesticides or whatever. Chocolate, coffee and bananas are fairtrade. And yet, for a long time, I bought an awful lot of books through Amazon. I really shouldn’t have needed the recent revelation that Amazon are evading tax to encourage […]

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