Peter Inson

Licensing teachers

Proposals to license teachers much as other professionals are licensed – medics, architects etc. Sounds a reasonable idea. Teachers would require a professional body – at present they have only a government poodle of a so-called professional body imposed by government – quite different from the General Medical Council, formed of medical practitioners who themselves …

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Grammar Schools 50 years on – Why the arguing will not stop

While there are parents who do not want their children’s education disrupted by students who want neither to work nor behave, grammar schools, and church schools and independent schools will thrive, unless, of course, politicians do something about poor parenting. Tony Blair and Diane Abbot did something about it. Blair’s sons were sent to The …

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Teenager with 36 offences – Where were Mummy and Daddy?

Two burglaries, five thefts, car theft, dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without insurance, failing to stop, possession of a knife, plus 24 more offenses admitted. How much trouble and expense has he caused society? How much trouble and expense do we suppose has been encountered by his parents? Were they even in court to explain …

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Clare’s Law to protect women from violent partners does not go far enough.

Announced this week – Clare’s Law whereby women, or their families and friends will be able to ask the police whether a boyfriend has a record of violence. Clare Wood, after whom this law is named, had a daughter of one when she was murdered by her boyfriend. Rather than permitting women to make enquiries …

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Feckless fathers

Monmouth MP David Davies called for feckless fathers who abandon their children to be chained up and made to work. What should we then do with feckless mothers who inflict fatherlessness on their children?

Calls this week for the abolition of independent schools, grammar schools and faith schools

Calls this week for the abolition of independent schools, grammar schools and faith schools – popular schools, successful schools. Why should anyone want to abolish successful schools? Because it is claimed that access to a good education is so often dependent upon wealth, or success in the 11-plus exam or upon adherence to a religious …

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State schools and a perverse “profession”

Yesterday evening with chair of school’s debating competition who told me how teachers who give up their time for voluntary activities are berated by colleagues for not doing their best to lift their school’s “performance.” It is the quality of the whole of school life, including academic performance that is enhanced by extra-curricular activity. Independent …

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