Who Takes the Blame for Term-Time Holidays, Schools, Local Authority, Parents or Travel Companies?

This one has been rumbling on for quite some time. Although it has now come to an end with the Supreme Court in the UK judging against Jon Platt. If anyone does not know the story, Mr Platt was fined by his local authority for taking his daughter on term-time…

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Shaming Children Doing More Harm than Good?

It has made the news again recently that an academy in the UK is using shaming tactics to promote better behaviour and academic improvement. I must see on this one that I disagree entirely that this is anyway a right approach to take as I have mentioned before I am…

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Sexual Education In Schools

I have had a few discussions recently about who is responsible for teaching sexual education, should it be the responsibility of teachers or parents? Maybe it should be a combination of both, but there are indeed a lot of discussions around the subject.  I have changed my view about this…

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Restraint Injuries At Special Need Schools What Is Going On?

It was reported at the end of last week that there were many restraint injuries reported in special needs schools according to the BBC. According to the report, there have been 773 incidents reported in the last three years according to a Freedom of Information Request based on 13,000 physical…

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Ofsted Considering The Use Of Social Media To See How Schools Are Performing

This was an interesting one that came from Ofsted palace at the end of last week. I am not too sure how I would feel about basing my school's possible need for intervention based on how many likes It has on Twitter or thumbs up on Facebook. The problem with…

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Teacher Training, does it prepare you for stepping into the classroom?

I am going to take a step back in time to Autumn/Fall of 2001; this is when I started to do my initial teacher training. I must say it was a gratifying experience. There was a wide range of subject covered within the course. So, I must say it was…

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Grammar Schools, Are They Better Education or Just Segregation?

There is a massive issue in the UK education system now, and that is the lifting of the ban relating to new grammar schools. As most people know who read this blog, I am an FE and Adult Education teacher so it will not directly affect me, but I do…

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Further Education Needs Changes To The Way it Is Funded

Something came through one of my social media feeds earlier today which had me thinking about teaching in the further education sector, all of us that have worked in that sector understand the pressures that are put on from management, especially when it comes time for the big “O” to…

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Teachers wearing body cameras, a good move or just overkill

Well, this is undoubtedly an exciting trial; teachers are wearing body cameras in the classroom.  Body camera use is a fascinating issue especially when you look at the benefits of having it versus the debate on data protection. Body cameras will be a hot topic going forward and will be…

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Betsy DeVos Is Just a Continuation Of Unqualified Politicians Holding Important Positions

Well, reading over the last few days about Betsy DeVos and her suitability for Education Secretary in the USA, had me thinking about politicians in general and their suitability to be in control of sections of government. Now I am not going to say whether Ms DeVos is well qualified…

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