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NUT strike: the only way to stop a shipwreck

Schools in England are heading for the rocks. They are dealing concurrently with: forced academies and free schools a school places crisis because Local Authorities are forbidden from building schools an impossible curriculum tests and exams designed so that children … Continue reading

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Brexit campaign leaves children scared

Racism was the main energy behind the Brexit campaign, and now we are seeing the ugly consequences. The Huffington Post has pulled together dozens of twitter reports of nasty attacks and verbal abuse not just against EU citizens but on anybody who looks ‘foreign’. Saw … Continue reading

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Primary schools responding to diversity

New research by inclusion and SEN experts Mel Ainscow and Alan Dyson, in partnership with Lisa Hopwood and Stephanie Thomson, shows how a fragmented school system is affecting vulnerable children. It raises issues about the way diversity is understood primarily in … Continue reading

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Voodoo sociology, unemployment and ‘the low-pay no-pay cycle’

by Rob MacDonald, Teesside University In many parts of the country there are plenty of ‘crap jobs’ – but what is missing are jobs that are rewarding, respectful and lasting. Too much contemporary employment is low-skilled, low paid and insecure; … Continue reading

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Chief Inspector condemns academy chain disaster

Today’s letter from Chief Inspector Michael Wilshaw to Nicky Morgan is a damning condemnation of the Government’s plan to turn all schools into academies. “Given the government’s clear intention to move to a fully academised system and, in the Prime … Continue reading

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The bedroom tax: schools struggling to help

[Summary of Manchester University research, continued from 11 January] There’s a real challenge for schools to understand what’s happening to young people in their care. Teachers often have a sense that children are under pressure, but are unclear what this … Continue reading

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How the bedroom tax hits children

(continued from 14 December) Research by a team from Manchester University concerning the impact on children of the bedroom tax has since been confirmed by a study which the government itself commissioned. This shows that it is proving impossible to … Continue reading

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