Monthly Archives: April 2014

A fairer deal for top International Baccalaureate students

Francis Green It seems that Leeds University and Kings College London have decided to become more generous to their applicants with the International Baccalaureate, lowering the grade equivalents with A-levels. Where once they asked for 39 points (out of a

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There’s no such thing as ‘best practice’

Frank Coffield For over 30 years a central plank in the reform programme for education of all governments has been the strategy of identifying and disseminating ‘best practice’. There’s only one thing wrong with this approach: there’s no such thing,

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How philosophy and theatre can help us value profoundly disabled people

John Vorhaus A series of philosophical questions arise from reflection on profound disability and dependency, with implications not only for profoundly disabled people, but for all of us at some stage in our lives. A few thoughts about our moral

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Education about Europe is not a panacea but does promote European identity

Avril Keating The European Parliament (EP) elections won’t take place until the end of May, but campaigning is already well underway. In Britain, much of the recent debate has focused on the impact of UKIP on the national political landscape,

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