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  • Hoodwinked by the civil service

    Another astonishing story about DfE civil servants and my second of the week.  A Schools Bill (about the work of academies) is currently meandering its way through the parliamentary process.  Conservative peers have tabled a motion to delete the first...

  • Drinking the Kool-Aid at the DfE

    An example of DfE civil servants drinking the Kool-Aid was reported the other day.  It seems that rather than referring to girls or female students, DfE advice on free sanitary products in schools referred to "pupils who menstruate", "young people menstruating” and...

  • FE and ESD

    Thanks to a recent NAEE weekly news round-up for alerting me to news that the Education and Training Foundation [ETF] has issued Professional Standards for teachers and trainers in the further education and training sector. Under the heading of Professional Values and Attributes,...

  • Manifestos compared

    I wrote the other day about the 2021 manifesto from Education International.  This post comments on another manifesto: the more recent one from NAEE.  This was launched in early 2022 and you can read a number of comments here.  Before...

  • Should we elect the DfE's curriculum team?

    The UK government launched its sustainability and climate change strategy in April.  This applies to schools in England. I've written about this initiative a couple of times already but I'm now writing following a bit of reflection after scrutiny of other responses. Although...

  • The manifesto with a hole at its centre

    Thanks to SOS-UK for alerting me to the Manifesto on Quality Climate Change Education for All! [subtitled: Teach for the Planet] from Educational International.  EI is the "Global Union Federation that brings together organisations of teachers and other education employees from across the...

  • The Westminster Forum Green Fandango

    I did not to the latest Westminster Education Forum event on May 18th.  It was a tour d'horizon of "green and climate education in England – sustainability and action on climate change in the curriculum, outdoor learning, and priorities for...