Peter Inson

Protecting Pupils in School

A recent report spoke of the need to protect younger pupils in secondary schools and talked about “behaviour management,” “educational technology training” and “controlled environments,” more appropriate for prisons rather than schools.Schools invite the trust of parents and with this trust goes the expectation that schools will keep children safe and make good use of their time in school. There is of …

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Correct English – cultural oppression?

In her Times comment piece on April, 13th Melanie Phillips wrote, “Correct English, it appears, is a tool of cultural oppression,” and reported one lecturer who saw notions of accuracy as based on unequal relations between teacher and taught.  Perhaps we should ask whether those advocating the abandoning of elitist academic accuracy would happily undergo surgery …

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Protecting younger pupils in secondary schools

In a recent report on the need to protect younger pupils in secondary schools  (The Times – Tuesday May 4th 2021) there are references to “behaviour management,” “educational technology training” and “controlled environments,” more appropriate for prisons rather than schools.Schools invite the trust of parents and with this trust goes the expectation that schools will keep children safe and …

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Children in Squalor

ITV News towards the end of March – two mothers in Croydon each living with two children in unbelievable council-owned squalor. Fathers not even mentioned – if only we could have had a look at their living quarters. These children do have fathers but how much are they doing to help provide for and bring …

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