Truthful Lies

In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference today, Philip Hammond said something that immediately jarred. To be honest, it all jarred a bit, but I mean this part in particular: And then there is the skills challenge. We’ve made huge progress over the last six years. How many people, ten years ago, would have… Read More Truthful Lies

It’s all about the money, money, money…

Look, because this post is aimed at politicians, I’ll try to make it simple.   If all you do is to improve the education in any given economically disadvantaged area all that you will do is to make that area even more economically disadvantaged. The reasons for this are straightforward. Educational improvement is incremental, and long term. The financing… Read More It’s all about the money, money, money…

Thirty Six

I’ve never taught young children to learn their times tables, but if I did, this is instinctively how I would probably approach it. For the sake of complete clarity, nothing I have written here is meant to suggest that this is not currently done, nor is it meant to suggest that it is the only… Read More Thirty Six