npr · Reading Rainbow

No crock of gold at the end of Reading Rainbow.

As is so often the case, npr (USA’s national public radio station) has been reporting an item of major interest to everyone interested in how we should be teaching our children to read.They got the ball rolling by reporting that, after twenty-six years of broadcasting and over two dozen Emmys, the much loved TV programme… Continue reading No crock of gold at the end of Reading Rainbow.

IGCSEs · The Telegraph

IGCSEs

The latest row (see Saturday’s Telegraph) to erupt over testing is over the request by some state schools to be allowed to allow their pupils to sit IGCSEs.IGCSEs are generally regarded as being more rigorous, which is why many private schools have now opted for them. In March of this year, Manchester Grammar school also… Continue reading IGCSEs

Five good GCSEs · Independent · Lib Dems

Lib Dems predict rise in number of school leavers failing to get five good GCSEs

The Independent reports that the Lib Dems are predicting the number of pupils leaving school without five good GCSEs since Labour came to power will top three million when the results are announced later this week.The figure that really shocks me is that last year 230,140 teenagers went out of the school gates without getting… Continue reading Lib Dems predict rise in number of school leavers failing to get five good GCSEs

Arthur Ransome · Children's lietrature · Lord of the Flies · Swallows and Amazons · the Open University · William Golding

From Utopia to dystopia: new books on Ransome and Golding and a new course on Children’s lit. from the Open University

Children’s literature has been a fast growing area of academic interest in the past ten to fifteen years. Much of this has been further fuelled by an explosion of enthralling stories by writers such as Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo, J.K. Rowling and so on. In case it takes your fancy, the Open University is inviting… Continue reading From Utopia to dystopia: new books on Ransome and Golding and a new course on Children’s lit. from the Open University

Chris Woodhead · George Walden · Robert Holland · Thorstein Veblen

On Walden ponder.

Thanks once more to Susan Godsland for bringing George Walden’s recent piece for the Telegraph to my attention. In truth, I almost wish I hadn’t seen it, as it makes such deeply depressing reading.No-one comes off well under Walden’s scathing reflection: he quotes a friend as saying that ‘reforming education was like trying to disperse… Continue reading On Walden ponder.

Michael Gove · Publication of past exam papers

You may now turn over your papers.

The Tory plans to publish past exam papers has obviously ruffled the feathers of the government, who, in their ever greater desire for transparency, have so far refused to offer them for public scrutiny.According to this morning’s BBC report, Michael Gove says: “Now the government treats exam papers like state secrets and refuses to publish… Continue reading You may now turn over your papers.