Education

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Why do YOU wear a remembrance poppy?

Do you wear a poppy? Did you ever consider your reasons as to why or why not wear one? My earliest memory of poppies...
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Black History Month – 60 untold stories of Black Britain

I visited this amazing exhibition sharing the stories of 60 Caribbean born Brits aged sixty plus. These were the first children to go through...
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One mum’s grammar school conundrum

Where do you stand on the grammar school debate? Would you? Could you? Did you? I can't seem to get off the fence on...
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Britain looks to the Caribbean for its teachers

In a week where Home Secretary, Theresa May, expresses the notion that mass immigration threatens society's cohesion, the head of a teaching recruitment agency...
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Choosing a secondary school for my disabled child with Autism and...

Next year Star will be going to secondary school. Now is the time we have to choose which school she is to go to...
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When the ‘school down the road’ doesn’t always cut it

Summer 1982 and I’m given a choice of the three local comps: A) one that’s a little walk away and none of my friends are...
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Education Secretary praises ‘British values’ faith schools

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has praised the ‘outstanding’ role of British faith schools during a visit to Yavneh College. Morgan said she was impressed by the Borehamwood secondary school’s combined...
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The importance of teaching PSE in schools

With school course choices chopping and changing every year and teenagers often gaining social awareness through technology these days, Cath highlights how important it...
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Schools and students’ mental health

It's often too easy to theorise about how easy the kids of today have it, yet surely we hope that the children of today...
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On the merits of letting our children fail

This article really resonated with me this week as I regularly cross the lines between that feeling of being too strict and tying extra...
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British adults believe their school years were ‘the best days of...

One in two British adults believes their school years were ‘the best days of their lives’. The survey delved into the life experiences of 2,000 adults to reveal...
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Happy New Year, teachers everywhere

No, this is not the morning that one rises with the stinking hangover on the day after the night before. Grey clouds are not...

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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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Write a letter you need to read

I was speaking to one of my young people this week about the foundations of their blog. They said: "I'm just writing the letters I...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...