In this article you will learn how to access World Trade Statistics from the UN Comtrade website, followed by loading the data into a pandas dataframe. At the time of writing the method described below works, however, this might change due to the sites 2018 upgrade plan. Calling World Trade Data World Trade statistics are complied Read more about Learn Python: How to Access World Trade Statistics[…]
The Chemical and Allied Industries is one of the UK’s most important international markets, with exports accounting for approximately £55 billion a year. A report by Euler Hermes, estimates that the industry will be the hardest hit by the Brexit, if no Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is reached. With potential loses of up to £7 billion, Read more about Market Report: UK Chemical and Allied Industries, International Trade and the Single Market[…]
These are 5 books that I highly recommend when starting to learn Python. I’ve read more but in my opinion these are the best, judged on content, clarity and learning. If I could start again these would be the books I read first and in this order, they are: 1. A Whirlwind Tour of Python Read more about Learn Python: 5 Books to get you Started[…]
Introduction I recently did a scrape of Twitter via the API, Tweepy and a script hosted on GitHub, discussed on WordPress. After scraping I wanted to determine the location of Tweets. The purpose was to help build a picture of market location demographics, whilst also learning how to plot data on a world map using Geopandas. Read more about Learn Python: Data Cleaning Tweet Locations[…]
‘So You Want to Learn Python’ is a blog series about my own Python learning adventures. It’s designed to help others learn from scratch, or improve the knowledge of newcomers. I am writing this blog retrospectively, my first article being unsuited to complete beginners. I will add beginner articles in due course. The series will contain Read more about Learn Python: Series Introduction[…]
Recently I applied for a research job with the Edge Foundation, an ‘independent education charity dedicated to shaping the future of education to meet the demands of the 21st century global economy and ensure opportunity for all.’ As part of the interview I was required to give a short seminar/presentation about a recent report of their’s, ‘Our Read more about Market Report: Higher Education, the Edge Foundation[…]
This article was recently published in the August 2017 addition of UkEdChat, and on UkEdChat.com. It is anecdote from my own experience as a school student and regards the unequal treatment between myself and a good friend of mine. In a nutshell he was a bored and misunderstood genius who was let down by ‘the Read more about Education: When Behaviour Makes an Otherwise Equal Education Unequal Can Psychology Help?[…]
GCSE Results And ‘Reforms’ 2017 Results day morning, Twitter is full of tweets from panicked and sleep deprived students, the existentialists are asking why their future should be defined by a piece of paper, whilst jokers mock their potential failure and adults give some ‘sage’ advice.
Bright Working-Class Children Need Grammar Schools Under the veil of the recent election result, the government published the briefing summary Grammar Schools in England , composed of three sections: Current Position; The Debate and A Brief History of Grammar Schools. Currently there is a ban on opening new grammar schools, imposed under Labour in Read more about Education: Why Bright Working-Class Children Needed Grammar Schools[…]
An Inspector Calls (and then leaves) In the last week of May, my school Bedales held an education conference as part of its series of ‘Leading Independent Thinking’ events. Two years ago the subject was innovative education, whilst this one focused on leadership.
Teacher Scott Charlesworth blogs on leadership At the ‘Liberating Leaders’ conference recently held at Bedales, Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw lamented the lack of maverick leaders in state schools, and called for more flamboyant, colourful and slightly strange characters.
Blind Faith: Enough Is Enough! It Is Time We Start Manufacturing Real Change in Our State Education System My life is far from the dream I had as a child, for which I largely blame the trust and blind faith I had in state education; I was young, eager, inspired and naïve! For me education Read more about Education: Blind Faith; Enough Is Enough! It Is Time We Start Manufacturing Real Change in Our State Education System[…]
Curiosity, Autonomy and a Teacher’s Faith Restored I began as a boy from a home broken by divorce and raised within the deprivation of one of the UKs poorest areas, where half the adult population has a primary school level of numeracy. Now I have a P…
How the market prevails where the state has failed This Wednesday I gave my first assembly at Bedales. I found myself strangely nervous at the prospect of addressing the young Bedalians, but not because I felt intimidated speaking to so many people all at once, or because I was nervous of slipping up and embarrassing Read more about First Assembly at Bedales…[…]
Ullswater update By Scott Charlesworth, Teacher of Chemistry and Block 3 Badley tutor Day 1 A holiday to the Lake District, it is hard to believe that this is the second full-day of school but then again we are talking about Bedales, a place where we know there is much more to education than qualifications.
Touring the Palace of Westminster Politics is something that affects us all but I wonder how many people, old and young, have a true understanding of how Parliament actually works. It turns out that a trip to the Palace of Westminster is a great way to gain an insight; what’s more, as British citizens we Read more about A Visit to parliament[…]
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I have found a love of writing poetry in recent years. My desire to write actually grew from writing rap lyrics, which entered my life as a way to vent frustrations brought about by my cultural isolation at university. University was a massive cultural shock to me, before it I didn’t know what social class Read more about Poetry[…]
Currently I am working on a digital resource bank designed to support both students and teachers. A website with all the resources that either could need. It acts to fill gaps in student and teacher support that I believe are lacking due to the constraints imposed by administrative forces that control our outdated education system. Such administrative forces Read more about StickyEd[…]
This poem was inspired by Geoff Barton and his article ‘This is a story about heads who end up losing their self-esteem, their health or their livelihoods. It is a story about Ofsted’ Before you read the poem I would like to make it clear who I am referring too: You = DfE, Monster = OfSTED of Read more about Poetry: The Great Education Monster (oFF-sted)[…]