Retention – the enemy of high standards

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Colleges are obsessed with retention statistics – it’s another OFSTEDĀ 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 studentsĀ 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

Raising standards – why it promotes student failure.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Isn’t it obvious? Everyone is so worried about OFSTED – the Office for Standards in Education – that we forget that our aim should be to get students to learn – not just achieve qualifications. Having worked for many years in the Secondary, Further and Higher Education Sectors, I am disappointed that we seem still […]

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too many platforms

Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

Is there anyone else who worries – as I do – about the large number of different platforms and web 2.0 applications to which our students are being introduced?

Categories: Technology and the Death of Learning, UKEducation

the real learning group

Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Perhaps we can create a special group – a school within a school – for invited students only. This group can look at ways in which we learn best and how we can develop these children who are learning well in spite of the current system in which they work. We have to do something […]

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None but the brave …

Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Which school – or perhaps which headteacher – is going to be the brave one that decides to take a stand against the data and league-table madness that still prevails in mainstream schools in the UK? Every year we are expected to “raise the bar” and meet a new load of FFT predictions. The way […]

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Adapting to a new generation of 21st Century students

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’ve just sat in a 60 minute session while a colleague was effectively telling the rest of us that we have to adapt and find new ways of reaching our C21 young people – because we are competing with so many other more interesting experiences. What I really object to is our pandering to these […]

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the Information Generation

Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm

The Information Generation – have we got it all wrong?

Categories: UKEducation

Cheers! Whatever happened to “Thank you”?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Am I the only one who gets fed up with hearing young people and others saying “Cheers” when even “thanks” would be a more acceptable substitute? I took my daughter a cup of tea in bed this morning and she couldn’t even open her eyes – but she managed to groan “cheers”. I suppose I’m […]

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