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  • Children, their world, their education

    I spent part of last weekend delving into the Cambridge Primary Review.  It's immediately obvious from even a cursory read why the government's attack dogs were let loose on it so quickly, and ministers much have congratulated themselves on having...

  • Copenhagen Convention on Climate Change and Education

    Rolf Jucker, of the Swiss Foundation for Environmental Education in Bern, contacted the SHED network recently saying that "a few people here in Switzerland are trying to word a paragraph for the Copenhagen Convention on Climate Change which aims to put education...

  • The Idea of Justice

    I went to hear Amartya Sen a few weeks ago and was rather disappointed – not by the great man himself but by how the session was organised (disorganised more like).   It was so bad that it was hard...

  • Research Grants Nosedive – time for a creative response

    Thus, Times Higher Education [ THE ] reported the increasingly small chance that researchers now have of squeezing cash out of six research councils.  Across the piece, applicants have a 23% chance of funding, and the figure is less than...

  • Taxpayers funding Brazilian dance troupe in London borough – Shock

    Those of us reading the Daily Mail regularly will already have enjoyed this headline on 12th September.  Not bad as the Mail goes, I suppose, but not a patch on the Sun's recent "Get De Beers in" as England's footballers...

  • Earth First!

    Holidays almost over, and the urge to sit in front of a computer reasserts itself in my priorities, elbowing the taking of exercise out of the way.  I did manage some fresh air and walking during the break, however, and...

  • What to do about all that University Carbon

    Under the heading: "Let's have a heated debate: Universities are about to be given targets for carbon reduction – expect arguments about the best approach", the Guardian recently explored the issue of how UK universities might contribute to the UK's carbon-reduction...

  • A Sustainable Schools Question

    The government’s target is that all English schools will be sustainable by 2020.  Although it's not clear what this will actually have to mean in practice, it does suggest (implicitly at any rate) that focusing on the sustainability of a school, as...

  • [Re-]thinking Allowed

    1. I'm grateful to a school-based colleague who recently said to me that what schools need to do is to emphasise re-thinking rather than re-cycling.   Indeed!  was my first thought.  Then I wondered why I'd not come up with...

  • Schools, the Learning Society and Sustainability

    Schools, as institutions, need to be seen as an integral part of the wider learning society with the key role of supporting young people in the early stages of acquiring those wide-ranging understandings and capabilities that they will need to continue...