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Time for an honest debate about grammar schools

This blog piece was originally published on The Conversation (link) (July, 2016)

With Theresa May as the new prime minister at the helm of the Conservatives, speculation is already mounting about whether her  911 more words


Gearing up for offer day …

When the Hogwarts owl failed to arrive we knew we’d have to fill in the dreaded secondary school application form…

That was back at Halloween. Now, as the big announcement on 1 March gets closer, I’m feeling a bit nervous. 862 more words


Outraged teachers threatened to resign

Stoke-on-Trent teachers were shocked when they learned that Henry Dibden, the director of education, wanted to abolish the city’s grammar schools.

When Henry became director of education in 1951, the Potteries was a deprived area. 443 more words


Plagiarism: One law for pupils and another for teachers

Stephen Elliott – Chair: Parental Alliance for Choice in Education

In the closing days of January 2018 it was revealed that Dermot Mullan, headteacher at Our Lady and St Patrick’s College in Belfast, was accused on plagiarising the work of another teacher.  531 more words

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Are schools in Rugby wrong to 'select' pupils?

The idea of ‘selecting’ pupils in Rugby has been a hot topic for decades. Every time there are proposals to change the system, impassioned voices are raised on both sides of the argument – and little seems to happen. 597 more words


England's excellence gaps revisited

This is a revised and updated version of How should England close its excellence gaps? (January 2018)

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This is a significant turning point in the evolution of national education policy. 14,905 more words


The AQE CEA and GL Assessment Test Results: Advice to parents: 2018

Undoubtedly, thanks mainly to media pressure, the results of the 2017/18 transfer tests will be the subject of conversations in families all over Northern Ireland this weekend and for months beyond. 1,169 more words

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