*If you are looking for basic info on the EBacc (e.g. subjects included, how it affects certification) this post about 'what is the ebacc' might be more appropriate). If you want to know the reasons for the subjects included, read on!*
Schools … Read More
Last week Michael Gove suggested that the 'bottom 25%' of students should take a CSE, or at least a qualification that is lower than a GCSE in order to cater for their needs.
This 25% figure seemed both arbitrary and a … Read More
Earlier in the week Chris Cook, FT Education Correspondent, asked if anyone had written a logical explanation for the return of CSEs. To my knowledge, he couldn’t find one. However, I suggested that an explanation was possible and I think … Read More
When answering the question: "Which was harder, O-Levels or GCSEs?" there are two different answers depending on what precisely you are asking about.
If you are asking: "Was it harder to get an A on O-Levels compared to GCSEs?" the answer … Read More
Dear Future Education Ministers,
Here's an idea. Why not set up a committee called "The Curriculum Review Panel" [I know it sounds familiar but bear with me]. It would re-write sections of the curriculum each year, or in rolling blocks. For … Read More
*This post was originally at the LKMCo website and was published on 17th May 2011*
Recently I’ve noticed a puzzle I can’t solve. As the writer of a booklet about Free Schools I’ve worked with several Free School applicants and I keep a … Read More
Yesterday at LKMCo I posted an update on the National Curriculum Review at Primary level. The DfE finally released their response to the Curriculum Experts' Review and have also released draft Programmes of Study for consultation.
I am not a big … Read More
For several years I have created poems whenever I have an Out-of-Office replying to my emails. The first one ever was a haiku. It went like this:
Out Of Office Haiku - February 2009
Emails. Sit in my
inbox festering while I
sip cocktails … Read More
Nothing is better for helping you understand mental illness than waking up to find the floor isn't where you left it. For years I prided myself on my brain: it delivered great GCSEs, studied for a degree, was uncannily helpful … Read More