Tag Archives: Michael Gove

Should we use fictional TV characters to teach history?

Another day, another Michael Gove controversy.  Perhaps one of the more inept members of parliament in recent years, he has changed the face of education, often to the dismay of students and teachers alike. This week it would appear that … Continue reading

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Testing times for our children

Some new research and a couple of policy announcements have caught my eye just recently and it’s about time had my tuppence worth on the important issues raised. First off, a new report has found that one in five young … Continue reading

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Why are so many good teachers giving up on teaching?

The BBC reported on a worrying upward trend in teachers quitting their jobs, the figure rising by up to a fifth in just a year. Responding to a question posed by Labour, Schools Minister David Laws said 47,700 teachers left their … Continue reading

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Another view of curriculum – do we need it anyway?

The curriculum for schools in England is being revised again. According to the Prime Minister this new one is going to be ‘rigorous, engaging and tough’. The education secretary promises a curriculum that will get basic skills right.  (BBC) But … Continue reading

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Why the History Curriculum in British Schools Needs to be Changed

Many history degree students at university here in the UK do not necessarily look back fondly on their history classes in secondary school. While some wish to believe that they have chosen to pursue history degrees because they were so … Continue reading

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Top Tips for parents: Is my child is being bullied at school?

Education secretary Michael Gove has been recalled to appear before MPs sitting on The Education Select Committee to face a further grilling over what he knew about allegations of bullying by his key advisers. Mr. Gove had previously told the … Continue reading

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Government axes survey on nutritional value of school meals

Some of you may remember the story of Martha Payne, the Argyle schoolgirl who’s school dinner blog hit the headlines after she was banned from posting pictures of the lunchtime slop by Bute Council. At the time I blogged about … Continue reading

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Eh? Levels: Gove’s reforms draw fire from critics

I don’t know what made me wince more as I roused, goosebumped from my pit this morning. Was it the frosting of brilliant-white snow blown in by a stiff nor’ easterly that pierced my inky eyeballs and seared into my … Continue reading

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What are Academies?

By now, most of us will be aware of the sweeping changes to the education system as schools move outside of local authority control and towards becoming publicly funded state schools – academies. It’s understandable that many parents are still … Continue reading

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What is an EBacc and why is everyone talking about them?

What is an EBacc? It’s a proposed new educational qualification, called English Baccalaureate Certificate in full. It is going to replace the GCSEs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. But EBacc sounds familiar? The term has been used for the … Continue reading

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