Monthly Archives: January 2012

In defence of ‘A’ levels

I was a difficult teenager. I specialised in challenging authority and especially the 1980’s school curriculum. I refused to be conscripted into the school’s combined cadet force and claimed to be a ‘conscientious objector’. The school quite rightly didn’t buy … Continue reading

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Oxbridge justice?

Oxbridge admissions tutors are much maligned.  On one hand they are frequently criticised by left wing politicians for being too conservative in their admissions decisions.  Such commentators see Oxford and Cambridge as guardians of an elitist status quo with an … Continue reading

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Sir Humphrey is alive and well…

…in the Department for Education. Back in 2010 when Michael Gove took over the then Department for Children, Schools and Families and promptly restored it to its original title, he boldly promised to reduce the inspection burden that fell on schools. … Continue reading

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The Iron Lady

Perse Heads have a tradition of keeping politically incorrect items in their studies.  For years the Head’s Axminster carpet was protected by a tiger skin rug and prospective parents and pupils were welcomed to the Perse by a snarling piece … Continue reading

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What will the New Year bring?

By tradition my first lesson of the New Year is a time for students to predict the future.  Whether in Geography or Politics, Perseans delight in rising to the challenge and speculating on what the New Year will bring.  It … Continue reading

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