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Ofsted: Gove’s Trojan Horse

  • June 11, 2014
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For some time now it has been clear that Ofsted functions as the political instrument of central government.   Until recently this instrumentalization was mostly manifest in general terms; for governments intent on scapegoating teachers for the many failings of British society, Ofsted’s inquisitorial inspection system constituted a useful blunt instrument for intimidating and bullying...

Three Cheers for Jess Green

  • April 07, 2014
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Anybody who is or has been a teacher in the UK, or is living or married to one, will recognize the reality depicted in Jess Green’s searing and witty indictment of Michael Gove that is currently picking up thousands of hits on Youtube:

And anyone who cares about the future of the country’s education system should...

Michael Gove and Sally Morgan: Alien versus Predator

  • February 03, 2014
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To say that I don’t hold Education Secretary Michael Gove in high regard would be understating it considerably.   But the ongoing pseudo-row about his refusal   to extend Ofsted chair Sally Morgan’s contract is one thing that I am not going to hold against him or get particularly exercised about.

With an unvarying eye for...

Michael Gove: Failure is an Opportunity

  • August 25, 2012
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Downstairs on the living room table, the envelope containing my daughter’s GCSE results sits unopened, awaiting her return from Edinburgh later today.   We have resisted the temptation to fling ourselves upon it – or steam it open and take a surreptitious preview – because an agreement is an agreement.

As the moment draws near however,...

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...

The curse of Ofsted

  • November 23, 2011
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How do I loathe Ofsted? Let me count the ways.   Last month inspectors from the  Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services visited  Highfields, the local comprehensive school that my daughter attends.  Like most parents I know, I think the school functions very well.   Despite the constraints of the national...

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