UK Education Select Committee Feb 2nd 2011

Dr. Ian Craig Schools Adjudicator

There will be an oral evidence session of the UK Education Select Committee on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 starring the Chief Schools Adjudicator Dr Ian Craig. The Committee will hold a short evidence session with the Chief Schools Adjudicator to discuss issues raised in his 2010 Annual Report and the possible implications of measures announced […]


Teach First Expansion, Teacher Layoffs?

Dole Queue

For any who still see Teach First through rose-tinted spectacles, then a Dallas CBS video (see link below) tells a predictable and saddening story. Teachers Face Layoffs While DISD Extending Teach For America Program A familiar tale: – Local and state authorities employ graduate teachers to maintain staff numbers and reduce the wage bill. -Such […]


Roll Call of Dishonour 2 – MPs against EMA

Save EMA

The news that 1 in 5 16-24 year olds in the UK is now without a job had no effect on the MPs who ganged up to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance today. Quite how these MPs can live with themselves is beyond us. So, just in case there is any confusion as to who […]


Burnham and Stuart on Education Maintenance Allowance

Hole Digging

On the BBC further Tory hole-digging is not hard to find. Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham explains why he wants to save the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) aimed at keeping poorer children in education. Listen HERE. Education Select Committee chairman Graham Stuart admitted the government plan could have a “damaging impact” but said there would […]


Changing Education Paradigms – Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

This Royal Society of Arts animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson. For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit his website [youtube][/youtube]


How challenging are Teach First schools?

Teach First

We thought we’d look a little closer at exactly how challenging Teach First’s schools really are. That TF teachers are working in schools that need them is made much of in TF’s literature. In the Summary Information Return 2009 Of Aims, Activities and Achievements for Teach First TF declares its “mission is to address educational […]


David Willett’s Internship

The Man With Two Brains

Trying to make a success of something that you shouldn’t – unless your Chemical Ali, of course – Minister for Universities and Science “Two Brains” Willetts commenting on the High Fliers annual report on the graduate recruitment market in 2011 seems to think working for nothing is something to applaud. He is quoted as saying: […]


BBC Radio 5 Live listener takes on Michael Gove

Michael Gove

…& wins by a KO! Listen to the broadcast here: Gove getting a pasting on live BBC radio Charlie from Lewes, the radio listener, for Education Secretary?! He’ll do a much better job than journo Gove if this is anything to go by. We should say that we’re not supporting Charles’ opinion that headteachers rather […]


Corporate Educational Language

Why Business People Speak Like Idiots

The Beeb tell us that a fifth of of secondary schools are ‘in the red’. How can a school be ‘in the red’? They are publicly-funded. They’re not businesses. Deficits are for companies. Schools should have enough money. The 6th largest economy in the world has enough money. There’s not a bottomless pit, obviously. But […]


Teach First ‘Teachers’ on the Cheap

Living Wage

A little investigating goes a long way, and we didn’t have to look very far to discover paltry salaries for Teach First unqualified non-teachers. On the website of this ‘charity’, a very detailed breakdown is given of how young graduates will be exploited: “Unqualified Teachers pay scale from 1 September 2010 Minimum Annual Salary England […]



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