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

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/aug/16/lucy-mangan-exams-game-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”.

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https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/lets-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?

http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/19/are-gcses-still-relevant-education-training-age-18

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

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre…

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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.

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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.

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/17/university-access-unfair-poor-students-inequality-fees?CMP=twt_gu

“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

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/07/computer-science-graduates-victims-dirigiste-education

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

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How Many Roads Must A Child Walk Down?

How Many Roads Must A Child Walk Down? New Post. Children have a right to an education that meets all of their needs

“The draft of the Clarke report obtained by the Guardian found that the city’s academies, lacking proper oversight, were in a state of … benign neglect, “vulnerable to those without good intentions”.

Its criticisms went to the core of the Gove agenda: the helter-skelter conversion to academy status of scores of schools, the ease with which academy chains could be formed, and the light touch…

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The Responsible Gardener

The Responsible Gardener New Post. Some reflections on wellbeing and meeting individual developmental needs.

Some time spent in the garden has provoked a few thoughts about nurseries and gardens, and about the people who run them. What are their motivations and methods? How do they see their roles and their responsibilities?

The worst kind of amateur gardeners put seedlings or plants in a pot or a plot, and if they fail to thrive simply shrug and say, “Oh dear, that didn’t go so well”. It’s somehow the…

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Wellbeing and Safeguarding : Education, Health and Safety

Wellbeing and Safeguarding : Education, Health and Safety Putting the personal & social at the heart of learning.

1. There’s no such thing as a GCSE or an A Level for Personal, Social and Health Education – therefore it’s regarded by many schools, parents, teachers and students as peripheral to the main business of schools, if indeed PSHE exists in any meaningful (c.f. tokenistic) way at all.

2. Learning about our wellbeing – about our bodies, about our health and fitness, our relationships, our spiritual…

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