Tonight we have a discussion/dialogue/think or just a rant about the distorting effects of league tables and the need for some more innovation in the system rather than just asking creative teachers to work harder. Its starts off with a story about achievement: Hannah Richardson and Katherine Sellgren BBC story “struggling pupils don’t catch up, data shows”: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16721884
Gove shakes up vocational qualifications that count to league tables following Professor Alison Wolf’s report. Stories available: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16808902
Should education providers be allowed to make profits? http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/feb/01/sir-david-bell-state-schools-profit
In the context of innovation- TESS 27th January editorial “Time to hone the skills for life and work”
Matthew slumbered through last week’s episode and repeated the Gordon Brown story, but it is an interesting one, about global fund for education: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16705691
We missed Jay’s dulcet tones tonight for most of the programme – he looks much younger than he sounds by the way – as internet gremlins, obviously jealous of his youthful appeal, cut the connection. But he’ll be back next week along with Anne Glennie we hope.