Abolish Education Secretary post

Said it this morning on BBC Radio Essex. We don’t need a Secretary of State for Education any more than we need a minister to tell us to buy clothes. Education Secretaries legislate without debate or vote in Parliament. If … Continue reading

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Teachers – don’t strike – just ignore government stupidity

This morning on Radio 4 an NUT spokesman said that one reason for today’s teachers’ strike was the increased imposition of bureaucracy. This, he claimed, reduces the time which teachers can devote to teaching children. Fine, if these things do … Continue reading

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EU policing powers – who needs another special relationship?

According to The Times last Saturday, the Prime Minister intends to had over some policing powers to the EU. This is the Prime Minister who could do nothing for a number of individuals who have been extradited to the US … Continue reading

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Suárez – give him dentures

A gum shield was suggested yesterday by The Guardian’s football correspondent. A gum shield might just manage to fall out during a game: dentures could be handed over to the ref, with great ceremony, at the start of each game.

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Head teachers to fine ineffective parents? Have teachers learnt nothing?

How on earth would head teachers impose fines? How would they check whether parents are reading regularly to their children? How could schools continue with the pretence that some parents really want an education for them, rather than a cheap … Continue reading

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Promises, promises – why do we believe politicians and experts?

Saturday’s headline on The Times front page – “Every child to read and write.” 15% of children in the UK leave primary school unable to read and write. Today , June 9th 2014, BBC 4 reports that government will not … Continue reading

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Now the EU wants to direct UK tax policy

Last week the unelected EU commissioners asked member states to cough up 1.8 billion Euros to find unfinished projects and now they are trying to tell the UK government to raise taxes. The EU gives no account of the use … Continue reading

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Only another 1.8 billion Euros

Another 1.8 billion Euros to finish projects – today’s request from the EU, despite rejection by growing numbers of European voters. What a nerve! Why give the EU any more when they are unable to account for what we have … Continue reading

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Improving handwriting

Today The Times reports a report showing that poor handwriting is a growing problem for school students. If you know someone who needs help show them page 193 of the English text book I wrote for Heinemann. It’s the only … Continue reading

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Where’s Daddy? Two appeals

Improving Parenting 1. Why not use social media to find absent fathers. Wanted: the man who slept with mummy nine months before I was born. I don’t want to trouble you with: Collecting me from school Reading me a bedtime … Continue reading

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