Schools To Pay For City Screw Ups

September 21, 2009

It looks like education is going to have to pay for the great bankers’ bailout; it would appear that Ed Balls wants to cut spending on schools by two billion. I would have thought the massive subsidies to rich businesspeople to set up their own academies would be a good place to start, followed by the PFI scams, but no. Balls has a much “better” idea. Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Sick of This Urban Myth

September 8, 2009

[BPSDB]If I had a fiver every time I heard that “Schoolchildren don’t do experiments in science any more because of Health & Safety” I’d be able to afford a trip to the Antipodes this Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher Trainee Dropouts

August 14, 2009

A report in the Independent ( “Four Out of ten trainees quit teaching early, report warns“, 14 August 2009) on trainee-teacher drop out rates makes for interesting if depressing reading. Six months after completing their PGCE course, only 63% are working in state schools and a further 16% quit teaching within three years. Read the rest of this entry »

New Disorders

July 13, 2009

[BPSDB]In his excellent book “Bad Science”, one of Ben Goldacre’s targets is the medicalising of social issues by both the pharmaceutical giants and the alternative pill peddlers. I was reminded of this recently when I read of a mother of a teenager who was claiming that giving him an ASBO was unfair because his medical condition was not being taken into account. Read the rest of this entry »

More On Edge Accounts

June 17, 2009

Something puzzled me about the Edge Foundation’s financial statements lodged with the charity commission. Read the rest of this entry »

Edge Accounts – Interesting

May 20, 2009

Following the discussion here on the Edge education foundation and their enthusiasm for purely vocational education, I decided to take a closer look. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Mail Determines Reality

May 17, 2009

[BPSDB]The Daily Mail, it would appear, has taken on itself the right to decide not only what is taught in school science lessons but also the nature of reality. Read the rest of this entry »

Double or Triple?

April 3, 2009

Interesting discussion here on school science education. Part of it discusses the merits of the combined science double award versus the three separate sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

Alex Dolan Struck Off

March 26, 2009

I read in today’s Metro that Alex Dolan has been struck off by the General Teaching Council (GTC) for a year for secretly filming pupils’ bad behaviour for a television documentary. This sounded so much like the Angela Mason case that I thought the Metro had simply got the name wrong but no – there is a second case of secret filming. Read the rest of this entry »

Ditching Evolution

March 7, 2009

I have just read Paul Rees’ article “Are textbook references to Darwin close to extinction?” His concerns are the lack of reference to evolution and references to the scientists such as Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel, whose work lay the foundations of evolutionary thought. Read the rest of this entry »