We were very sad to hear about the death of Bev Evans, educationalist, artist and campaigner for special education, from South Wales, who guested on a few of our podcasts. A wonderful person who will be sorely missed. Our condolences to family and friends.
Matthew and Steve pick up some themes from last week sparked off by the soul-searching into the progress ofCurriculum for Excellence and draw some comparisons with the situation in England. We talk, with some difficulty, about complex issues around class, culture and schooling and the increased marketisation and potential privatisation of schools in England. A new TUC Report makes interesting, if depressing reading about the trends and the amount of money going into private hands. Croneyism in who gets what contracts seems to feature. A government transfer of funds at huge cost to the taxpayers with little perceived difference in standards and an undermining of local democracy.
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