Monthly Archives: February 2013

If your child’s name is Ariadne, will her best friend be Helena or Charmaine?

Carol Vincent  Kate Hopkins, a past contestant on reality TV show The Apprentice, caused some controversy last week by stating in the press and on television that she maintains a tight control over the friendships her children make at their state

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Posted in Carol Vincent, Social sciences and social policy

Let’s replace our Fortnum’s v Walmart system with a John Lewis model of schooling

Sandra Leaton Gray Last week, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published an analysis of fair opportunities for pupils (PDF). Andreas Schleicher, its Special Adviser for Education, has said that social division represents a long term issue for the

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Open access publishing: go for green, not gold

Paul Temple The digital revolution is changing the world in often unexpected ways, although sometimes widely-predicted changes can take longer to appear than first suggested. “The end of the book” has been predicted for decades now: while UK physical book

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education

Are talented children at risk in specialist music schools?

Andrea Creech The case of former youth choir director Michael Brewer, convicted at Manchester Crown Court of indecently assaulting a former student, and the subsequent tragic death of brave, talented Frances Andrade, has been followed by a series of allegations

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Posted in Childhood & early education

The National Curriculum: what’s the point of it all?

 Michael J Reiss and John White After Michael Gove’s announcement last week that English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) have been abandoned and that GCSEs will carry on, some might assume that the debate about the school curriculum has, temporarily at least,

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment