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Back to teacher development’s big questions: what is education for?

John White.  The idea of a National Education Service (NES) is gaining speed. It’s described as “a scheme to join up the disparate elements of education, providing free lifelong learning from nurseries through schools to universities and adult education”. This

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

Why les deux sacred cows of the curriculum don’t add up

John White.  I loved the algebra I did for my School Certificate in 1949 – and have never used it since. Ditto for a lot of the geometry. I agree with Simon Jenkins’s Guardian piece on March 10 that we

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Are we all egalitarians now?

John White.  David Cameron recently wrote that ‘the Conservatives have become the party of equality’.  Most of the article is about ending discrimination – of ‘gender, race, religion, sexuality or disability’ – partly by basing entry to universities and good

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy

What is education for? Gibb’s list misses a key dimension

John White. Nick Gibb, the Schools Minister, addressed the Education Reform Summit earlier this month on the purposes of education.  He said there are three. “Education is the engine of our economy, it is the foundation of our culture, and it’s an

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If we care about democracy private schools should be an election issue

John White The election campaign has all but ignored private education. This is odd, since it raises an issue central to the country’s future. I am not talking about equality of opportunity – about the complaint that, unlike the rest

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