Category Archives: rant

BBC News – A-level plans challenged by school and university heads

BBC News – A-level plans challenged by school and university heads. Not Gove’s finest hour – I would love to know where he gets these ideas from.  They can’t just be from the back of an envelope, or emerging from his dim memories of the plush private sixth-form he attended, can they?

BBC News – GCSE grade changes ‘affected 10,000 students’

BBC News – GCSE grade changes ‘affected 10,000 students’. My dad always says you should go for the ‘cock-up’ explanation, rather than the conspiracy.  However, to me this looks increasingly like a plan to de-value the state – school brand, finish off the process of making all schools into ‘academies’, and thereby move along the […]

GCSE results: headteacher attacks Michael Gove over marking butchery | Education | The Guardian

GCSE results: headteacher attacks Michael Gove over marking butchery | Education | The Guardian. ‎ “Grade boundaries can change from exam series to exam series. Decisions on grade boundaries are made after the assessments have been taken, based on all the available evidence. In the summer, more information was available about performance across the qualification […]

An unfortunate title…

On the front of the spring edition of all-members Liberal Democrat News. But this one is even more disturbing. Looks like I’m in the wrong party.

End of an era?

Clarkson is thalidomide in the nation’s bloodstream; he hinders our development.

Educating Women, an 'experiment'

I read with interest a piece on David “Two Brains” Willets’ speech to conference today about education and social change.  Whilst many people hope that educating women is progressive, and improves social cohesion, it seems that for the tories giving women a university level education is an ‘experiment’ which is at the root of the […]

Oooh – blended learning!

I’m not normally explicitly political (well not online), but watching a Teacher’s TV programme on personalised learning made me laugh (for a little while, but then shudder as I realised that this burk might be in charge of my profession one day). Watch the video, which contains a fair summary of the various ideas about […]

Why change it?

Lots of people have asked me why I re-named my blog (ok, actually it was one person – my wife Sarah – I’m not sure – DARTS?*). Partially it was because I’m writing much more about history teaching on www.onedamnthing.org.uk, but also it was because I’ve been (at long last you might say) coming to […]

Inspirations and frustrations

On Friday I took part in a symposium run by BECTA on effective use of VLE technologies.  It was a truly inspirational day – really, and I don’t get inspired easy.  What inspired me was the level of committment and vision in the people I was talking to.  We didn’t talk much about platforms or […]