"Pride" and the value of Social Intelligence

"Pride" and the value of Social Intelligence - New Post- a film that celebrates communities & empathy. #pridemovie

In this blog we often refer to books, newspaper articles, music and films that, for us, exemplify multiple intelligences and their importance, their use and their value in our lives.

Our society and our education system is so driven by the pursuit of intellect that some lose sight of the other intelligences that are necessary for living well.

A new film called “Pride” is an intelligent film…

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A Creative Approach to the New Curriculum

A Creative Approach to the New Curriculum - New Post: How we can be creative with the curriculum. #edchat #ukedchat

Being Creative

As we said in our previous post, schools in England are faced with yet another revision of the National Curriculum this term. We’ve seen the headlines – fractions for five year olds (many of us spoke with children about fractions decades before it was imposed), foreign languages for seven year olds and a chronological history curriculum, to name but a few.

We also summarised Sir Ken Robinson’s…

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Lovely Brand New National Curriculum

Lovely Brand New National Curriculum More thoughts on educators, the aims of education & creativity @SirKenRobinson

Ros Asquith Lines: new education secretary“The man who was responsible for supervising the first National Curriculum of over 100 years ago was the Senior Chief Inspector, Edmond Holmes. When he retired he wrote a book in which he condemned all that he had been doing for the last thirty years, and admitted his sense of shame for being a part of it. He wrote about how teaching had become a debased activity:

In nine schools out of ten, on…

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Mud Turtles and Multiple Intelligences - More Thoughts on Examinations

Mud Turtles and Multiple Intelligences - More Thoughts on Examinations New Post “The Game Is Rigged” @LucyMangan

We’ve already tweeted a link to this Guardian magazine piece by Lucy Mangan, but for those who missed it here’s a brief overview, plus a few of our own thoughts on ‘credentialism’:

Sitting exams is a game, and the game is rigged


I was good at exams, and so I bloody well should have been. The system was set up for…

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Rotherham Sexual Abuse: Can we now have statutory SRE?

#Rotherham Sexual Abuse: Can we now have statutory SRE? - It’s critical that we get action on SRE now for our YP

Almost a year ago, we wrote a post about sex and relationships education (SRE) titled “Let’s be Clear about SRE”.



At the time, Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, had expressed his support for updating the SRE guidance – a document that was written fourteen years ago. Simultaneously the Prime Minister was rightly raising…

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GCSEs: Which Side Are You On?

GCSEs: Which Side Are You On? Time for a serious rethink & a national debate on our system of examinations. New post

First the good news. The Guardian published an article this week posing the question, “What is the point of GCSEs?


It has followed this up with a column in todays’s paper written by Peter Wilby:

GCSEs are obsolete and have been for years. Let’s scrap them


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Season of Statistical Scrutiny: Where are the Young People?

Season of Statistical Scrutiny: Where are the Young People? New Post: Looking beyond the statistics. #GCSEs #PSHE

So the GCSE and A-Level examination circus is over for another year, apart from requests for re-marks. There are celebrations and disappointments for those who have taken these exams and somehow these real young people are overlooked in the analysis of data and political point scoring from the educational and the political fraternities.


Fraternity is an interesting word. Why do we use it for…

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Narrowing the Gap and Cultural Entitlement

Narrowing the Gap and Cultural Entitlement - Need to look earlier to redress inequality in university applications

In his most recent article, Will Hutton, has drawn attention to the significant problem of narrowing the gap between affluent and financially disadvantaged young people being accepted into university. Needless to say, the figures are startling yet unsurprising.



“From 2010 to…

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Character Development and the Point of Education

Character Development and the Point of Education New Post. The need for proper consensus on the aims of education.

Increasingly there are voices in our media considering and commenting on the importance of education in the formation of “character” in children and young people. We see this as a very good thing – and have said so in many of our previous posts.

This morning’s “Thought for Today” on Radio 4 (The Today programme) featured the Rt Rev Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds, who spoke eloquently about…

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A Levels, Attainment and Several Key Intelligences

A Levels, Attainment & Several Key Intelligences New Post: We need to reinvent, not reform, our system of education

Simon Jenkins has written several stimulating and highly perceptive columns on the subject of education, and recently wrote another, published by the Guardian last week:

Why computer science graduates can’t talk themselves into jobs


On a day when young people up and down the country are…

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