Golly, teachers’ unions seek to improve conditions

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Golly shock horror – teachers’ unions seek to improve working conditions for staff. The injunction to ‘Grow up and use some common sense!’ is depressingly typical of a political culture which seeks to demonise unions as irresponsible. It is all too reminiscent of the ‘enemy within’ trope of the 1980s and demonstrates an unwillingness to discuss... Read more »

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New DBS checks replace CRB’s – a summary of the changes

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It was highly publicised child murder and abuse cases such as the murder of two pupils, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman by a school caretaker that led to the establishment and development of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), covering England and Wales. Similar arrangements were set up in Scotland (Disclosure Scotland) and Northern Ireland (Access Northern... Read more »

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Informality in the classroom – Is it a good or bad thing?

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I was talking to my friend’s little sister this morning, aged 17, about her experience in her current sixth form on the Isle of Wight. Above other things, what specifically stood out about her conversation, was her annoyance at her sixth form teachers who were becoming increasingly informal with their pupils. Sixth form differs slightly... Read more »

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