Not only can we teach our children to read but we can also defeat illiteracy in our prisons.
Posts by John Bald
John Bald began teaching in 1973, and has extensive experience as an adviser with Essex and Hackney, as a trainer of new and experienced teachers and as an Inspector. He has written two books on the teaching of reading and spelling.Follow @
Give trainee teachers much more experience of working with individual children, so that they learn to focus on the person in front of them, and not on what someone else tells them to do.
The evidence of improved standards shows that a knowledge-rich curriculum is the best way to enable each person to achieve the best of which he or she is capable.
“Alternative Provision” for disruptive children is still not good enough – as Justine Greening has recognised.
The phonics check for six year olds and the free schools programme are genuine breakthroughs.
Pointless paperwork, excessively detailed planning, and over-marking need to be addressed by Justine Greening.
Pupils enter the dining hall smiling and loudly reciting Shelley’s Ozymandias.
The Ofsted report is a vindication for the approach of Katharine Birbalsingh.
One headteacher I spoke to, who normally vote Conservatives, had a dodgy boiler at her school and no means of replacing it.
According to the originators of the Labour policy, the owner of a £300,000 house would be liable for tax of £4,950 a year.
There are too many examination papers – cutting the number would save money and stress.
Bright children from working families can close the attainment gap more easily in grammar schools than in comprehensives.
John Bald: The Supreme Court judgement shows that our school attendance system ‘requires improvement’
Inspectors need more discretion to allow for special circumstances, and parents an avenue to appeal decisions by head teachers.
We want development – but we do not want our village wrecked.
The foundation level papers fail to test fundamental skills.