Monthly Archives: September 2012

EBacc to the past

John White EBacc is a throwback. It has been compared to O level, but its lineage is older. Its closer cousins are O level’s pre-1951 predecessors, the School Certificate and Matriculation. Unlike O levels, the School Certificate required passes in

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Mike Baker: a profound loss to education

Chris Husbands The former BBC education correspondent Mike Baker has died after a long, brave struggle with cancer, which, in his typical fashion, he wrote about with wit, dignity and insight in a outstanding blog. Mike was no ordinary reporter.

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Stick it up your Dior jumper! Why we should tax the rich

Andy Green “Get lost – rich tw*t” was French newspaper Libération’s headline riposte last week to the news that Bernard Arnault, France’s super-rich head of the Louis Vuitton empire, has applied to be domiciled in Belgium, supposedly to avoid President’s

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Posted in International comparisons, Social sciences and social policy

EBacc: the biggest overhaul of exams since… 2009

Chris Husbands The government’s consultation paper on the reform and replacement of GCSEs  is the biggest overhaul for the exam system at 16… since 2009. GCSEs have been extensively tinkered with by governments since they were introduced in 1986. This

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Bold GCSE reform depends on clarity of purpose

Chris Husbands After a summer of controversy in examinations, the government appears to be on the verge of a decisive policy announcement on the future of GCSEs. If the Mail on Sunday is to be believed,  the announcement will mark a

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