Backtrack on the Ebacc but the Great Reversal goes on

Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley Backtrack on the Ebacc but the Great Reversal goes on To general rejoicing, Michael Gove has been forced into a humiliating retreat in his plans to replace GCSEs by English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) in core subjects. The damning report by the Parliamentary sub-committee allowed the Lib Dems to call time … Continue reading Backtrack on the Ebacc but the Great Reversal goes on

Tory Ideology is destroying education in England

Patrick Ainley  Guardian letter  08/01/2012To see the future development of "free schools" and academies (Free for all, Weekend, 5 January), look to the US charter schools.As Diane Ravitch, once George Bush's assistant secretary of education, wrote in her Death and Life of the Great American School System (Basic Books, 2010), "The regular state schools are … Continue reading Tory Ideology is destroying education in England

A reactionary, not a ‘moderniser’

Michael Gove and 'Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications' Despite his polished performance in the Commons – in the absence of any real Labour opposition – Michael Gove is not ‘modernising’ the qualification system at all.  Neither do his proposals have anything to do with improving ‘international competitiveness’. On the contrary, Gove is continuing the Tory … Continue reading A reactionary, not a ‘moderniser’

Exam turmoil raises bigger question’s about young people’s futures

 Martin Allen  http://maeducationgp.wordpress.com/ If the fall in the number of top A-level grades was enough to start alarm bells ringing, it is the first ever dip in GCSE performance, particularly the down grading in English, which has been greeted with dismay by teachers.  Exam boards have been the target for much of the anger, being … Continue reading Exam turmoil raises bigger question’s about young people’s futures

‘Education is like trying to run up a down escalator’

If Michael Gove gets his way, more teenagers will fail their GCSEs and A-levels.  Gove intends to make exam questions harder which will mean pass rates will fall after increasing every year for a decade.  At GCSE level, coursework will be phased out and more emphasis placed on written tests. Modularisation will be ended and … Continue reading ‘Education is like trying to run up a down escalator’

Curriculum Wars ?– Gove goes again!

In a widely reported speech, Michael Gove tried to project his ‘moderniser’ credentials to an audience of ‘techies’at the recent BETT show. Describing ICT lessons as being ‘off-putting’ ‘demotivating’ and ‘dull’ Gove is removing ICT’s status as a core National Curriculum subject – it will, like technology and citizenship, now just be part of the … Continue reading Curriculum Wars ?– Gove goes again!