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Study Leave
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , syndicated on 3 June 2008
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Rather belated commentary on the article on this subject in “Education Guardian” on 20 May.
Schools are restricting the amount of study leave pupils taking external exams are allowed. From when I was at school until fairly recently, once the external exams had started, pupils were required to be in school for their exams only; the [...]

Evangelical Education
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , , syndicated on 23 May 2008
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Richard Dawkins writes of the religious endarkment. When you read about the Carmel Christian School in Bristol, you can see why.
The school makes considerable use of the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) devised in Florida and a lot of work is done from PACE (Packages of Accelerated Christian Education) workbooks. If you watched Dispatches on Channel [...]

Brain Pills in Schools
By jdc325
Posted in , , , syndicated on 22 May 2008
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Just a very brief post today on ‘brain pills’. I found this in my daily email from the BBC today. The report states that:
Schools and universities may soon need to test students sitting exams for brain improving drugs, experts say.
So, in the near future society will be policing children’s use of substances that are thought to improve brain function. [...]

Do We Need the Cambridge Pre-U?
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , syndicated on 16 April 2008
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The Guardian on Saturday April 12 carried an article by Polly Curtis, their Education Editor, entitled “Elite rival to A-levels wins backing from exams body”.

It refers to the Cambridge Pre-U diploma drawn up by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, which has won official backing from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. It will be funded [...]

Teaching Children to be Useless
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , syndicated on 18 March 2008
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By that I mean the continued message given to pupils that they have no responsibility for looking after themselves, that if they screw up there will always be someone to bail them out.You might think that you don’t do that and maybe your school doesn’t but I’ll give you a couple of examples and be [...]

Dispatches: The Children Left Behind
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , syndicated on 12 February 2008
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In last the Dispatches programme of 11 February, former headteacher James Wetz made a case for the proposistion that secondary schools are too larfe and that this is the reason why they are failing many children.
He points out that many children fail to acieve the academic success indicated by their Key Stage two SATs (taken at [...]

An Incentive To Cheat (Part 2)
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , syndicated on 17 December 2007
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Given the small but select bunch that read this blog, it was highly unlikely that it was read by Government ministers. Which is a pity because if they had read this they migt not have come up with this bright idea - financial incentives for schools to dramatically improve.

Schools Secretary Balls
By kelvinthroop
Posted in , syndicated on 13 December 2007
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This Government is going down the same path as Blair’s. Something that’s being done already is presented as if it’s a new policy, combined with initiatives that do not address the fundemental problems.