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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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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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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Higher Rate Of Tax On Digital Goods And Services

I was having a conversation the other day, and it came up whether there should be a much higher rate of tax on digital goods and services. Now I am talking about everything here from online stores, to helplines and even automation within the workplace. If you look at the…

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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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Encryption issue rears its ugly head again!!!

Over the weekend the British Home Secretary, Amber Rudd pointed out that the Westminster terrorist had been speaking to somebody just before then attack using WhatsApp messenger. Of course, there is no way for the information to be intercepted as WhatsApp uses end to end encryption so the data cannot…

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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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