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
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…
I guess what you think of any piece of software is influenced by many things. What your job is. What your level of expertise is. How good the software is technically. Who created the software, even. But I think it’s also what lens are looking at the software through, what are your past experiences that… Read More In praise of…. POWERPOINT
The results from the latest <<insert internationally acclaimed organisation name>> education performance survey show <<insert preferred statement from list below>>. that our current education reforms are working. that their education reforms aren’t working. our hardworking students are continuing to move forwards and increase their scores in these tests. our students continue to falter when compared to our international… Read More Say anything
I often see the question asked – “Why can’t a Local Authority be viable but a MAT can, even when it will generally be larger?” There are a lot of moving parts to such a question but here are a few reasons why this will often be the case. Firstly there is the issue of… Read More Size matters