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Back to the 1970s? I’ll vote for that

A personal comment by Dr Terry Wrigley, Visiting Professor, Northumbria University A few days ago the Daily Mail threatened that a Labour victory in the General Election would mean a return to the 1970s. That set me thinking. I started … Continue reading

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The crisis in secondary schools: where is it leading?

All kinds of schools in England are facing damaging budget cuts. Large meetings are being held all over the country where parents and teachers together are showing their opposition to Government cuts. Every concerned teacher or parent should join the … Continue reading

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Who will vote for secondary moderns?

The elephant in the room of Theresa May’s plan to open more grammar schools is – secondary modern schools. Selecting a minority of children at age 11 for grammar schools means an inferior kind of school for those who failed. This is what … Continue reading

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Harold Rosen: an inspiration for teachers today

announcing an inspiring new book Harold Rosen: Writings on life, language and learning 1958-2008 Harold Rosen was one of the great reformers of English teaching. His work has just been republished, providing a challenge to the deadening practices of the National Curriculum – its obsession … Continue reading

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Unequal lives – to university and beyond

This article is mainly based on new research by Claire Crawford, Lorraine Dearden,  John Micklewright and Anna Vignoles Considerable emphasis is placed on the Attainment Gap at age 16. New research has shown that this inequality continues into university and … Continue reading

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The logic of selection: keeping the working class in its place

by Professor Sally Tomlinson, University of Oxford What led Theresa May to ‘seize the day’ by promising us more grammar schools? Some have suggested it was a clever tactic to distract us from Brexit; others that it was to placate … Continue reading

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Grammar school plans: a dangerous distraction

by Professor Mel Ainscow, University of Manchester   The decision to abolish Some years ago a neighbour came to my front door crying because her daughter had failed the eleven plus and, as a result, would not get a place … Continue reading

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