Monthly Archives: May 2012

Small is Beautiful

I have very much enjoyed Dominic Sandbrook’s BBC 2 series ‘The 1970s’.  Often ridiculed as the decade of ‘Bagpuss, black forest gateau and Blue Nun’, the 1970s are popularly portrayed as a time of socio-economic breakdown, three day working weeks and … Continue reading

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Co-ed or single sex?

Prospective parents enjoy quizzing heads.  Some quizzes can feel like forensic cross examinations, and one popular line of enquiry is the advantages and disadvantages of co-education. The topic is an emotive one.  Some parents feel that in a single sex … Continue reading

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Britain’s Brain Drain

As we approach our 400th birthday celebrations in 2015, The Perse is organising a series of alumni events.  Former Perse students are spread far and wide which is to be expected for a highly qualified and thus mobile group, living in … Continue reading

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Lessons in reality

On a sunny September afternoon eleven years ago, a student interrupted my Upper Sixth politics lesson with news that New York was under attack.  I remember looking up from my worksheet on British electoral systems to tell him this was … Continue reading

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Geography – the weakest link?

As a geographer you get used to being the butt of academic jokes about cagoules and colouring in.  Often perceived as a soft subject, the standing of geography was questioned again this week by Ofqual who concluded that between 2001 and … Continue reading

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