Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Chris McGovern

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Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.

Eton, not this brave teacher, is in the wrong

LORD Waldegrave, provost of Eton College, has declared that the sacking of English teacher Will Knowland was not about free speech. It was, he...

When Eton goes woke, what is left?

WHEN revolutions exploded across Europe in early 1848, Metternich, the conservative foreign minister of Austria, is reputed to have said: ‘We had planned for...

The cheats’ charter for passing exams

WHAT is the best way to make GCSE and A-Level exams easier for the class of 2021? This is the question taxing the best...

Eureka! At last they’ve cracked the code for university entrance

FROM splitting the atom to unravelling the DNA molecule, British universities have long been world beating. A single college at Cambridge University, Trinity, has...

Stunted young minds, the hard lesson of the school shutdown

OFSTED reports that the Covid-19 lockdown of schools and nurseries caused children to regress. Some potty-trained infants, for example, have reverted to nappies and...

GCSE … Generation Covid’s Sham Exam

‘THE problem with the Tesla, and all the other electric cars from Jaguar, Porsche and BMW, is that they’re trying to be cars. When,...

Bowing to her woke pupils: Shame of the Benenden backtracker

SAMANTHA Price, headteacher of Benenden School for girls, has been sitting on the naughty step. Some senior pupils at the alma mater of Princess Anne took...

Working-class white boys . . . a ticking time bomb

WHAT could be more important than raising gender awareness in schools? This, after all, is 2020. Being ‘woke’ is what matters. We are forever...

Exam mess that’s a cruel blow to white working-class pupils

THE exam system is a mess, for all the Government would like us to think otherwise. Back in 2019, we had fully-taught, full-syllabus, public examinations....

What Black History Month should be teaching our children

THIS is Black History Month. The initiative started in the United States at Kent State University, Ohio, in 1970. It reached the UK in...

Kenneth Baker damns GCSEs. So what took him so long?

SOME of the country’s leading educators have declared war on the GCSE examination. The alliance, called Rethinking Assessment, have written an open letter to the Sunday...

National Trust’s oh-so-selective history of slavery

HOUSESTEADS Roman Fort and its adjoining section of Hadrian’s Wall are missing from the National Trust’s list of its properties linked to colonialism and...

Three cheers for school on Saturday

SATURDAY schooling is about to be launched at the Harris Federation of 49 academies. The focus will be on Year 6, the final year...

How to mend the broken exam system

‘HUMANKIND cannot bear very much reality.’ T S Eliot’s words are true, too, of educational standards. This summer’s public examination debacle, in particular, should...

The mask and a licence for mischief

WHY all the fuss about the wearing of face masks in communal areas in our schools? The French, after all, have gone even further....

No hope, no glory through the BBC’s black-tinted spectacles

THE BBC’s ban on the singing of Rule, Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory at the Last Night of the Proms should be welcomed. Even better would...

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