Monthly Archives: September 2012

Marking the markers

I can still remember the August day in 1988 when I opened my ‘A’ level results envelope to see a welcome number of A grades and one C.  For the next few days my world stopped.  An injustice had been … Continue reading

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Degree of success and the importance of Computer Science

As the cost of a university education rises, students want to know whether investing in a degree is worthwhile.  The answer is nearly always yes.  Irrespective of financial gains, a three or four year undergraduate course stimulates the mind, develops high … Continue reading

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Mixed ability classes are ‘a curse’ on bright pupils

So said the Daily Telegraph.  This is a fairly predictable headline for a right wing paper.  The ‘news’ in the story is that this is the view of Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of Schools who has a refreshingly no … Continue reading

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Gove-levels

It looks like it is to be ‘all change’ again with simultaneous reforms of both GCSE and ‘A’ level.   Over the next three years we are likely to see the largest overhaul of the public exams system since the introduction of … Continue reading

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The examination crisis that was bound to happen

There is a grim inevitability to the current exams crisis.  The Exam Boards will be scapegoated, but the root causes of the problem lie not with them or OfQual, but with a politically inspired reform agenda which has seen too … Continue reading

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Buying a private education could help the state…

Why is it that those who pay for private education are often criticised?  The answer is that they are suspected of buying an unfair advantage for their children which exaggerates inequalities in society.  However, significant inequalities already exist within state … Continue reading

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The Best of Men

One of the joys and challenges of headship is giving regular school assemblies.  They are precious occasions.  Addressing one thousand pupils for 15 minutes is the equivalent of 250 hours of combined learning time per assembly.  In a busy school … Continue reading

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