Celebrities – we are still incapable of learning the lessons

Furore this week following further revelations about Jimmy Savile. Decades ago senior staff ignored and failed to pass on complaints about his behaviour and warnings were issued that he was a celebrity and not to be upset or challenged. Only … Continue reading

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Support for new English text book

Following an interview in the Times last November in which he spoke of “sloppy text books” and of a concern to teach to the test, Tim Oates of Cambridge Assessments agreed to look at What, How and Why and responded … Continue reading

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Letter to Mr Cameron – expectations of schools but not of parents

Dear Mr Cameron, Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has written me to ask for my support. Her letter begins, “Every parent wants their child to have the best start in life.” She goes on to set out her expectations of … Continue reading

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More “failing” schools

Surprised? Successful schools would mean one less area of our lives for politicians to use for their own purposes – look, boys and girls, we are doing something for you. Surprised – having learnt just a few months ago that … Continue reading

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Trainee Teachers fail maths and English tests

Reported in the national press last week – primary schools are facing a shortage of new teachers. But don’t these trainees have first to gain a “C” grade at GCSE? So, what is going on? Did I say GCSE? GCSE … Continue reading

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Alcohol and A and E

Senior doctors seek a ban on cheap alcohol. (Times, Jan 12th) Alcohol-related matters account for 20% of A and E patients, rising to 80% at weekends. Why don’t A and E staff insist that drunkards wait away from other patients … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo – How do they know it’s Mohammed?

No photos of the Prophet. No pictures of him from the life. So how does anyone know? If they are trying to wind you up and you react – they have won. Ignore them and they fail.

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BBC Television news – a terrorist’s messanger-boy

It is one thing to report something with words. It is another thing to show a picture of contentious matter, especially when to do so is to connive in manipulation of the media. Why did the BBC show us the … Continue reading

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So easy to get along with Muslims

I had arranged a theatre visit for my sixth-formers, Shakespeare, up in town. At the end of school there was a parent to see me. Mr Khan strode across the car park with his son and his daughter in tow, … Continue reading

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Private healthcare contractractor abandons trust

Perhaps it’s no bad thing that the private company that is responsible for Hinchingbrooke Hospital is abandoning the NHS trust for which it is responsible, but who will care in the place of Circle Holdings? Medics, the people who actually … Continue reading

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