Archive for the ‘school league tables’ Category

Round and Round and Back Again

April 5, 2012

When I was a lot younger and more radical than I am now, a friend in the Labour Party explained to me why she was reluctant to get involved with the more hard-left groups thusly: “The trouble with revolutions is that you go in a great big circle and wind up back where you started”. This certainly seems true of ‘revolutions’ in education. (more…)


Duking The Stats

October 14, 2010

The title comes from a scene in “The Wire” where detective-turned teacher Presbelouski is called to a staff meeting where he is told that children are to be withdrawn from normal classes in order to practice for the assessment tests. He complains to a colleague who explains the need for the school to improve their SATs scores. “Ah!” he says. “we’re duking the stats!” To her blank look he says “Making rapes disappear, turning felonies into misdemeanors. I’ve been here before.”

I have to say that “duking the stats” is neither peculiarly American nor peculiarly fictional. (more…)

The Perils of Privatising Education

February 16, 2009

[BPSDB]Professor David Colquhoun has been investigating the teaching of woo to schoolchildren. The offending subject matter is found in the OfQual accredited Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Health and Social Care. (more…)

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence

January 9, 2009

[BPSDB] If you work in a school you have doubtlees heard about “learning styles” and “multiple intelligence”. Your pupils may well have filled out questionaires to determine whether they are Visual, Auditory or  Kinesthenic learners. (more…)

Don’t Touch This Poisoned PR Chalice

October 14, 2008

[BPSDB]According to this article in the Times Ed, a PR firm has mailshot schools to suggest they take part in meaningless experiments. (more…)

Damned If you Do, Damned If You Don’t

September 21, 2008

[BPSDB] It would appear that the school-kicking season is in full swing. According to press items such as this, school mathematics is going down the pan. (more…)

An Incentive to Cheat

September 29, 2007

Most people have heard of “The Law of Unintended Consequences”, the notion that the consequences of your actions may be far different to those you intended. It is possible that one Government policy is encouraging teachers to give unethical levels of assistance to their students. (more…)