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Episode 158: To Sleep Perchance to Pass?

Could having an extra hour in bed improve your GCSE results? Tonight we discuss this story as reported here. We also talk about the benefits and pitfalls of school placement, how some parents views have affected the decision to allow a boy from Sierra Leone to visit a school in Stockport (find more information here) […]

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Stress? What Stress? Oh OFSTED!

  Newspapers this week picked up on Michael Wilshaw’s speech to the Brighton College education conference.  Most centred on his mention of stress. “(we need) to challenge those who have power invested in them to make the difference, but too often make excuses for poor performance – it’s just too hard, the children are too […]

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The Road to Utopia

A good friend of mine is the headteacher of a very innovative and successful primary school.  Recently he was asked by some local councillors to demonstrate how his school was attaining.  It got me thinking about how complex this question actually is.   John was eleven in 2004.  He spent his days in class learning […]

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Education, Society and Heretics

#edupic11 was an event designed to generate some third horizon ideas about Scottish education.  It brought together an eclectic mix of people with an opinion and interest in education and charged us with three tasks. Re-imagining the future. Defining the present. Consider how the gap can be bridged. In advance of the event we were […]

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