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Grace: the return of gratitude, amnesty and professionalism to educational politics

Grace. It’s one of my favourite words in the English language: up there with ‘ribbon’, ‘cacophony’ and ‘lewd’.

The reason I like it so much? It is difficult to say without smiling; it combines a sense of gratitude and forgiveness; and it is a quality that I think needs to be infused throughout political management of education. 414 more words

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Rauner names first set in a series of gubernatorial appointments | WRXX-FM (95.3) & WILY (1210/98.7) – Centralia's Radio Legends

SPRINGFIELD — Governor-elect Bruce Rauner announced today the first in a series of cabinet secretary, agency director and boards and commissions appointments.

Today’s appointments cover the Department of Transportation, State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, University of Illinois Board of Trustees and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. 652 more words

Politics And Education

A Leap of Faith: what would you do tomorrow if OfSTED vanished?

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

Saint Augustine

A recurring theme this week on Twitter and the wider blogosphere is… 596 more words

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The DfE Screwbric: New Primary Performance Descriptors Fail MOT

To help teachers and senior education managers bat back some of the frankly bonkers stuff popping out of the DfE’s policy nerf gun, I have spent minutes cooking up this handy rubric to evaluate their “initiatives”. 78 more words

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What's the problem with a broad education? (Or why Nicky Morgan is wrong)

I wasn’t going to get too heated about UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s apparent suggestion that students should ditch the arts humanities in favour of the sciences. 1,197 more words

Politics And Education

Turning Frank On: Let's move the "reading for pleasure" debate beyond baiting the middle men and women.

In an interview in yesterday’s Guardian, the award-winning children’s writer, Frank Cottrell Boyce criticised the practice of closely analysing books in schools. His main points (and you can read the article here: … 763 more words

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