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  • Ofsted blames school leaders for teacher workload

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Following the announcement that Ofsted is to begin asking staff at schools who are being inspected to evaluate their own leadership team in terms of workload, several questions might be asked. For example: Is Ofsted essentially blaming school leaders for workload? What do Ofsted inspectors...

  • Is there a crisis in Modern Foreign Languages?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Exams regulator, Ofqual, has published the results of a research project that began in 2015 to look at the differences between grading at GCSEs, AS and A levels. It will come as no surprise to many – especially Modern Foreign Languages – teachers that the news is now official: some GCSEs have...

  • Old, Broken and In Need of Retirement – Our Education System

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Other than the odd minor tweak, our education system has sat broadly unchanged since the Victorian era. Yes, there was that experiment with middle schools in the seventies and eighties, some of which continue today. Certainly, the leaving age has steadily crept up as Governments battle to find...

  • How to Replace the Extracurriculars that Are Being Eliminated at Elementary Schools

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Education always seems to take a hit when the government is looking to move tax dollars to a different area to balance its budget. Inevitably, the money that the schools were supposed to be receiving gets drastically reduced, often without warning. This leads to every school district trying to get...

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  • Night of the Nativity – The Magic of Christmas

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Mrs Moore was a stickler. As head of Infants – a title she insisted on retaining even as names changed (‘Infants: tells the children and their parents their place in the pecking order’ she would maintain) – she really was the most important person at Kingsfield Combined School (OFSTED rating...

  • How To Perpetuate Educational Injustice: Increase the Number of Grammar Schools

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Do you remember Jennings? Possibly some kids still read about the terribly posh, awfully naughty Prep school boy. More likely, he lives on through the fans of his 1960s heyday. There is even a Jennings Appreciation Society to stir old memories. Even less plentiful than Jennings books are...

  • 5 Tips for Writing Your College Entrance Essay

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    There perhaps is no greater essay you will write than the one that gets you into your dream college. In high school classes, you may have been able to scribble out an essay at the last moment and still have your teacher give you a good grade on it. However, college is an entirely different beast....

  • Is it time to introduce super courses for university degrees?

    By Muhammad Dawood and Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Studies vary but regardless of the particular bit of research or report you look at, the general picture you get about the suitability and appropriateness of education in the UK is of a system that is inherently flawed. Of course, there is much to be commended and praised about the general...

  • How to keep a work-life balance after paternity leave

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    For fathers, the situation regarding paternity leave is far more positive now than it ever was in years gone by. Family and how we work as a society, generally, have changed immeasurably over the last few decades. The notion of the mother/housewife who stays at home and looks after the house while...

  • How to keep a work-life balance after maternity leave

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    On one hand, this is the million-dollar question. Anybody working in the teaching profession knows that, regardless of how many blogs you read stuffed full of good and well-meaning advice about the issue, actually getting the work-life balance right as a teacher is much easier said than done. It’s...