It can mask a lack of knowledge and causes constant switches in attention. The time is right for a concerted effort to get rid of it.
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 @
The paperwork mountain grows for Special Needs – yet children are still sent to schools that leave them suffering.
John Bald: Labour’s education policy of hiding failings by abolishing tests and independent inspection is the way of the ostrich
But there remains important unfinished business for the Conservatives to carry out – if we get the opportunity.
John Bald: Education was once a source of pride in Scotland. It is now a serious embarrassment to the SNP.
Wales is the only home country to be below the OECD average in reading, maths, and science.
There should be the right to impose an immediate and substantial detention. Heads who don’t maintain order should be required by Ofsted to change their ways.
A global approach to quite different challenges has failed. A long-term decline in specialised teaching skills must be reversed.
A feminist account declares that judges “decide our laws”. There is no mention of parliament.
Successful schools would have to toe the line or be subject to the attentions of local democratic controllers. They could be destroyed without shutting them down.
Despite the proven success of schools like Michaela, the Left’s policies are more destructive than ever.
Despite the obstacles and abuse she faced while setting up the school, Birbalsingh had staff who shared her values, commitment and determination.
It was a great slogan for Sir Bruce Forsyth’s game show. It does not serve the needs of children, teachers and schools.
We must listen to whistleblowers, cut out the graft, and make sure that the money is spent for the benefit of children.
The misery of bullying and vandalism has ended. I did not hear a raised voice during my visit, except for the loud recitation of poems learned by heart.
Vacuous proposals for a “national strategy” are made – with no reference to standards or teaching methods. Wishful thinking won’t fix the system.
Practical skills such as bricklaying, electrical work, carpentry, and plumbing, can be taught alongside GCSEs.