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GCSE Grade C: too much and yet too little for older students

Brian Creese For most of my years working in and around FE and Adult education I have not spent too much time thinking about GCSEs. Although GCSE re-sits account for a large cohort in the 16-18 sector, we at the

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education

Nicky Morgan’s new loom: weaving values into the curriculum

John White In her recent appearance before the Select Committee on Education, Nicky Morgan said that “we must not be shy about talking about fundamental British values.” She added that schools should promote values like mutual respect and equality between

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A National Teaching Service Mr Mainwaring?

Chris Husbands The news of a proposed re-make of Dad’s Army preceded by only a few days David Cameron’s announcement of a National Teaching Service: a ‘corps’ of ‘elite teachers’ to be deployed into ‘failing schools’ at short notice. Both

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The election battleground: heat and light – and the basics

Chris Husbands The party conference season is over and it is election-preparation time: before the end of the school year, voters will have gone to the polls and a new government will be in office. There are sharp choices to

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You say you want a cultural revolution? Policy borrowing from the East

Yun You When I first arrived in England in 2010, I was shocked by the then Education Secretary Michael Gove’s statement: “I’d like us to implement a cultural revolution just like the one they’ve had in China.” As a Chinese

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