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At the start of the year there was some worrying news about the music curriculum. It was reported that one secondary school had instigated a charge of £5 for children to take their music GCSE. It was moved from the curriculum of the general school day to out-of-school hours and meant the employment of specialist... Read more »


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We generally accept the grouping and streaming of children by their ability as part of mainstream educational practice, especially during secondary years. But is it really necessary and does it serve the learners well? Concerns have been raised about it again recently because of the government’s intention to introduce grouping of children in Key Stage... Read more »

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A little while ago we looked at how gender stereotyping can have a detrimental effect on our children’s confidence, achievement and opportunities. (Read the piece here) Another effect recently reported is that gender stereotyping early on can also contribute to the huge discrepancy between the amount of girls and boys who choose subjects like science,... Read more »


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After the recent budget we all brace ourselves for cuts. Although unimaginable figures are promised to improve services, we know there will be hidden economies which will affect us locally through diminished resources – mostly in terms of staffing. There’ll be less policemen, less staff in hospitals and surgeries, and less funding for schools to... Read more »

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