Category Archives: Education

  1. This election was about education too

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    June 22, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Lots of focus has been put on the young vote and the old vote. The older vote might have been …
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  2. The proper case for free university tuition

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    May 31, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The debate over university tuition fees rumbles on. Abolishing them would cost over £11bn a year. Labour has committed to …
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  3. VAT on Private School fees to fund free school lunches for Primary pupils – the devil’s in the detail

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    May 20, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    The idea, introduced by the Labour Party, of putting VAT on private school fees to fund free school meals for …
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  4. Think the education funding debate is ideological? Think again.

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    May 4, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    This is about real people, and the future of this country. The state primary school of which I am Governor …
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  5. The three episodes that helped me learn most about behaviour management

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    June 23, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

       There’s been a major focus in the media this past week on behaviour management in schools, prompted by the …
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  6. Labour’s tuition fees discussions are like watching a slow-motion car crash

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    February 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, political parties do things that are actually hard to watch, so utterly amateurish and nonsensical are they. Trying to …
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  7. A fall in GCSE results is not a lowering of standards, and vice versa

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    February 3, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes, particularly with an interviewer as clever as Andrew Marr, you have to wonder if journalists are being deliberately stupid. …
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  8. Let’s give all our children the skills to succeed

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    February 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    This weekend, the Conservatives launched a new policy that demands that children are able to perform a variety of literacy …
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  9. There is only so much a school can do

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    January 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    The first day I met David (not his real name) he walked very slowly into the tutor room at my …
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  10. It’s not whether you set pupils – but how you do it that matters

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    September 5, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The “setting by ability” debate flared up again on Wednesday when Nicky Morgan, the Secretary of State for Education, had …
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  11. Why we should welcome the introduction of free school meals for all

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    September 2, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    From today, every single child in the first three year of school will eligible for a free school meal. That …
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  12. Think all children love summer holidays? Think again.

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    August 30, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Back in 2008, the school I taught at got inspected by Ofsted. One of the most shocking statistics that came …
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  13. Non-compulsory languages – the government decision that has done most to harm social mobility in the UK

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    August 22, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    10 years ago a decision was made that destroyed the life chances of many a bright student. In a move …
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  14. Today’s GCSE results are more reliable than ever before.

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    August 21, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Statistics on GCSE can be and have been misleading for quite a while now. But that has been changing. Not …
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  15. Fewer A-level retakes may result in ‘worse’ grades but also ‘better’ students

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    August 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    It used to be that beneath the ‘good’ news of constantly improving A-level grades was some rather ‘bad’ news of …
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  16. Universities UK tuition fee impact figures should lead to a discussion about what a university education is for

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    August 12, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    So Universities UK published a report recently that is the first proper attempt to analyse the effect of raising university …
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  17. Why does a publicly funded academy think good teaching is ‘commercially sensitive’

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    July 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Sometimes you hear something that makes you stop in your tracks and realise that our education system is going in …
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  18. Gove’s removal means the election was put above education

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    July 18, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    During his time as Education Secretary, Michael Gove would often quote a passage of Machiavelli: ‘There is nothing more difficult, …
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  19. Gove’s removal was correct cowardice

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    July 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The big news in the education sphere in the Cabinet reshuffle yesterday was the moving of Michael Gove from Education …
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  20. Beware the consequences of Performance Related Pay for teachers

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    July 8, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    I wonder if the person at the Department of Education who came up with using performance related pay to motivate …
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  21. Lib Dems education policy – pushing them Ed-wards

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    June 14, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The most interesting aspect of the Lib Dems’ announcement this morning of a manifesto promise at the next election for all …
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  22. Education spot – In Praise of Nearpod – improve engagement and assess learning as you teach

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    May 24, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    How would you like to know what every single one of your pupils have learned  and understood as the class is …
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  23. A legacy for Ann McGuire would be better mental health services for teenagers

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    May 16, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The funeral for Ann McGuire, the school teacher who was fatally stabbed last month, takes place today in Leeds. She …
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  24. Free school meals for 4-7 year olds – The best of intentions, but are the consequences worse than we thought?

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    May 10, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    The leaked emails yesterday between the Department of education and the Office of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, reveals …
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