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David Lammy’s Army School for Rioters

  • July 15, 2012
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There was an awful article in last week’s New Statesman by Tottenham Labour MP David Lammy, accusing the left of a curmudgeonly attitude towards the government’s plans for military-staffed ‘service schools.’

Lammy condemns critics of the scheme for propagating the idea that ‘ servicemen and women are “brainwashed killers…hell-bent on converting our sons and daughters to...

Migrants: Learn how great Britain is – or don’t come here

  • July 02, 2012
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I’m a little disappointed because I’ve just failed a sample paper from the Life in the UK citizenship test, even though I’m a British citizen.  Despite the fact that I was born and educated in the UK and have lived most of my life in England, I now realise that I don’t really belong...

Hey politician, leave those teachers alone

  • April 09, 2012
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For the last eleven years I”ve been going to the National Union of Teachers Easter Conference, which my partner attends as a union delegate, so you could say that I’m a little biased when it comes to my assessment of these events.

I only attend the conference as a sporadic observer, but whenever I do I’m...

Kick your local teacher now!

  • January 14, 2012
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Apart from, say, deporting more asylum seekers or walking out on EU summits, there are few things politicians can do that are more guaranteed to warm the cold shrivelled heart of the Daily Mail than engage in a little bout of teacher-bashing.

The Mail‘s loathing of teachers is rooted in a reductionist insistence on an education...

Michael Gove runs into a wall

  • January 08, 2012
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There’s an interesting article in yesterday”s Guardian about Michael Gove”s ongoing battle with Downhills primary school in Tottenham, which the Education Secretary is frantically trying to turn into an academy.

Gove”s plans are being resisted by parents, teachers and school governors, all of whom have been labelled “ideologues” by the Education Secretary a real...

Gove’s classroom armies

  • September 02, 2011
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The riots have provided another boost for one of Michael Gove’s pet projects – the ‘troops to teachers’ programme.   In a wide-ranging  speech at Durand academy in Stockwell yesterday, the toad-like Education Secretary outlined forthcoming proposals this autumn to retrain former soldiers as primary and secondary school teachers.

This idea was first mooted...

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