So this caused some controversy last week. A quick précis – a local authority refused to allow a Sikh couple the chance to adopt because all the children they currently had were white British. This seems to be in complete contradiction of the law, which now no longer requires ethnic matching of adopters and children.… Read More Every Child Matters
After the 2015 election I published this post setting out the education policies contained in the 2015 Conservative Party Manifesto. I feel justified in publishing early this year as the result is pretty much a foregone conclusion. These are the education policies were are going to get. In the 2015 manifesto there were, conveniently for… Read More Meet the new boss
It is a well-worn meme that the Tories are fighting an election to take us back to the fifties and the Labour party is trying to take us back to the seventies. Whilst there is some truth in both these things the bigger truth is that both are stuck in, at best, current day thinking… Read More Who will blow on the dying embers of the white heat of technology?
Most everything exists on a spectrum. Some spectra, for example light, are easily described and replicated. If you want light of a particular colour all you have to do is know its wavelength and bingo, there it is. Of course, two different people who look at the same colour may perceive it in different ways… Read More A script in time saves mime
What can we expect on the education front from a conservative government with an unassailable majority? Here are some pre-manifesto thoughts. We are certain to get: Grammar schools. The bigger the majority, the more we’ll get. Baseline tests. Forced academisation. No budget increase. These are things you are likely to get: A new Secretary of… Read More I’ll tell you what they want…
This is if your kids have an iPhone and you want to restrict what they do on it. Specifically if you want to stop them using their mobile data for certain things. For example, my kids have theirs set so that they can only browse the web via WiFi. As the places they predominantly do… Read More Moby Lock
Today the DfE has proposed a new method of identifying what it calls “Ordinary Working Families”. The reason for this, according to the DfE is to ensure that children in those “just about managing” families are properly served by the education system. The reality of course, as exposed by the interviews Justine Greening has been… Read More Voodoo Statistics