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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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Nicky Morgan: time to read and reflect, consolidate and build consensus

Chris Husbands There are two sorts of politician. There are those who are so passionate about the obvious rightness of what they are doing that they think that everyone essentially agrees with them, and enthusiastically build a large coalition to

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In Defence of OFSTED

Chris Husbands  No-one likes inspectors. The Daily Telegraph reports that TV licence inspectors are three times more likely to be attacked by angry householders than by angry dogs. In Montana, a furious meat processing company owner launched a physical assault

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Teaching WWI: let’s not go over the top

 Jerome Freeman and Stuart Foster As we approach the centenary of the First World War, it comes as no surprise that the controversy around how it should be remembered is gathering pace. The debate heated up over the past week

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

The best that has been thought and said?

Dominic Wyse I welcome the government’s continued emphasis on primary and early years education. I also like the intention to reduce bureaucracy for teachers, and to give schools more control over the curriculum. However I am concerned that these intentions

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, Uncategorized
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