The UK and Europe – May 27th 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019 at 3:14 pm

My position is far more conflicted.

I know I am an out and out Remainer.

I want the UK to be a member of the EU and to be fully integrated into the Europe and the EU.
Nevertheless, what I will not do is use this position to criticise the leadership of the Labour Party, because the Labour Party is not able to reduce its position to the simple slogans of the Brexit Party or for that matter the Lib Dems or the Greens.

Categories: Europe, Politics, the EU, UK

Retention – the enemy of high standards

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Colleges are obsessed with retention statistics – it’s another OFSTED benchmark that makes very little sense in the real world other than to promote the spurious claim that we are producing more and more successful students and therefore creating a better qualified workforce. The truth, of course, is vastly different. When a student is palpably failing we […]

Categories: Politics, UKEducation

The value of failure

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9:14 am

We need to be brave. There is a price of failure in the real world, but failure has a value as well. Many successful business people can attest to the value that bankruptcy had on their current business success. What we so often forget nowadays is the value that failure can have for students. We […]

Categories: Politics, UKEducation

How can we persuade the electorate that we need socialist policies again?

Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 5:50 pm

It’s a constant complaint from colleagues – we don’t, for example, take the trades unions seriously, because they don’t really have any clout nowadays – but why don’t they have any clout? – Because colleagues won’t take part in trades union activities.  The same old circular argument is heard time and time again.

Categories: Politics