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I am not sitting on my hands: the cabinet paper is not enough

On balance, the paper by the minister of education to the cabinet removing national standards is useful, but not sufficiently so to make definitive philosophical change in the way National always does, and Labour has done twice, once with Peter … Continue reading

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Here we go on phonics again

Ros Lugg managing director of The Learning Staircase uses the PIRLS result, no doubt in a way that will feel utterly sincere to her, to stir up support for her highly structured and commercialised phonics programme, blaming teacher training for … Continue reading

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A quiet pre-Christmas warning: We are in trouble

In 1988 I wrote a three-part series in which I predicted why primary school education was heading for trouble (which is about to be re-published); to live that warning, in 1990, I resigned at 51 years as senior inspector of … Continue reading

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A schoolwide science experience

I demanded of Shay Noonan, principal of Morrinsville School, that he write up one of his schoolwide science experiences as I knew they exemplified in practice the main elements of the holistic. The schoolwide science experiences, along with other kinds … Continue reading

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A threshold timetable Part 4 – Mathematics and Conclusion

National standards have gone, but how will schools react, will it just be much the same but minus official national standards? will there be much scratching of heads? or will it be a return to holistic values, our education cultural … Continue reading

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A threshold timetable Part 3 – Choice

National standards have gone, but how will schools react, will it just be much the same but minus official national standards? will it be many scratching their heads? or will it be a return to holistic values, our education cultural … Continue reading

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A threshold timetable Part 2

Reading continued Yeah-how! National standards gone. Well – all-but.  My principal and senior teacher already give me a pretty free rein. I’m going to go for it. Back to me: These are the expanded notes I used as I travelled … Continue reading

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