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Education: How We Should Seek To Understand While We Condemn The Westminster Attack

 Perhaps the best way to describe the mood in the UK tonight – on the day when over forty people have suffered at the hands of a crazed, isolated lunatic – is saddened, but not traumatised. Setting aside the “Twitter-emote” hyperbole, it feels like most people are less inclined to #PrayForLondon than they are to get back to normal, while seeking to understand why it happened. As Seun Roberts-Edomi, who worked close to Westminster Bridge, said, he would be back tomorrow like every other day in the office. “I’ve never been scared. This is what I’m used to. It can …

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PISA Hysteria Hits Record Levels Globally

With the release of the 2015 OECD rankings in literacy, numeracy and science, this week has predictably seen a fresh – and more virulent – outbreak of PISA hysteria. The OECD really have to ask themselves if the monster they’ve created should now be euthanised. PISA has become a nuclear bomb without a guiding system. It’s a cherry-pickers charter par excellence, and if a few – well, a tsunami actually – of misleading tweets were all we had to put up with, that would be one thing. But in an excellent opinion piece in the TES,. William Stewart points to …

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Is It Time For A Different Story?

  “It is not what you put into the child, but what you draw out that constitutes education.” BH Montgomery Head, King Alfred School 1945-1962 This has been one of those weeks that I suspect I’ll remember for a very long time. A week ago, I was giving a keynote at King Alfred School, in London. The school is an independent school and, if I’m being completely honest, not one that I would have spoken at in the past. I’m so glad I decided to accept the invitation to speak there. The occasion was the Annual Conference of the King …

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