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[…]