Category: Education

What breeds anti-intellectualism?

From the Archive: Paul Johnson on the Know-Nothing Left This article first appeared in the New Statesman in 1975 when Paul Johnson was still associated with the British political left (in the late 1970s...

What’s the point of ‘care’?

The other night I saw a Panorama documentary which covered the issue of children going missing from the care system in the UK. I had been expecting this to be about children who were...

Longer school times are not child-friendly

Michael Gove proposes longer school day and shorter holidays | Politics | guardian.co.uk Michael Gove, the current education secretary, has announced extended school days and longer terms, allowing schools to stay open until 4:30pm...

Perfidious Albion

BBC News - Leading music college loses border licence Point Blank Music College, a well-regarded college which seems to specialise in modern music (teachers include DJ Pete Tong, alumni include Goldie and Leona Lewis)...

Horrible Economics

Terry Deary on Libraries (from the Guardian) Terry Deary (of Horrible Histories fame) thinks bookshops are closing because libraries are cutting their throats by lending out books rather than selling them. Uh, not so...

Kesgrave Hall: what do I hope to achieve?

Kesgrave: ‘It was survival of the fittest’, claims ex-pupil of abuse inquiry school - News - Ipswich Star Last month I gave an interview to a journalist from the Ipswich Star, a local newspaper...

Kesgrave Hall abuse in the Guardian

Former pupils call for new investigation into abuse claims at Suffolk school | Society | The Guardian A few weeks ago I was contacted by a journalist from the Guardian, Josh Halliday, who saw...

What makes appropriate school dress?

School skirt ban is just the latest battle in the uniform wars | Education | The Guardian Recently a secondary school in Ipswich (the third in the town) changed its uniform code making trousers...