The last few weeks has seen the by now annual upswell in righteous frustration at the seemingly ingrained racial prejudice that haunts the dreaming spires of our elite universities. Oxford and Cambridge are under the cosh again for having a somewhat less favourable racial profile than other universities, indeed some colleges at Cambridge admitted either … Continue reading As the old saying goes – If it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably institutional race bias. How Oxbridge aren’t helping themselves.
'Toppling folly', 'breathtaking waste of public money', 'eye-wateringly incompetent arse-hats'. These are just three phrases that the Education Select Committee didn't use about the Careers & Enterprise Company during yesterday's grilling. But only just. One has the impression that left to their own devices and behind not quite closed doors they would say all of … Continue reading Careers and Enterprise Company! Come in, your time is up…
Doesn't time fly? I can hardly believe that once more a querulous cohort of GCSE students are being ushered begrudgingly into sports halls up and down the country with the weight and expectations of their parents resting heavy upon their slender adolescent shoulders. I remember only vaguely at this vantage point my own GCSE experiences, … Continue reading Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Sports Hall. (GCSEs are here again…)
Very rarely do I have what anyone might reasonably describe as a good news story to report when it comes to education, which is why when I woke to this morning's news I was thunderstruck. I still can't entirely work out the why of it all but I knew that this was something very special … Continue reading School Inspector befouls school running track.
Hello, bloggy peeps, despite going quiet for a few days I'm back with aplomb - a lovely new article that's just gone live on Teachwire.net all about careers, it's a bit combative but that only reflects my frustration so bear with it. https://www.teachwire.net/news/careers-education-in-schools-is-stuck-in-the-past-and-is-failing-students
A little under a year ago, GCSEs had their biggest shake up in a generation with the changing of grades from alphabetical to numerical. A change that was largely unnecessary, confusing and represented the last gasp of Michael Gove's busy work whilst in the Education post. I wrote at the time (https://edducan.com/2017/06/28/what-now-really-shakes-head-gcse-shake-up-leaves-everyone-sweary-and-annoyed-and-confused/) that employers and … Continue reading When is a pass not a pass? When employers, universities and teachers don’t know the meaning of the new GCSE grades.
As I reflect on a year's worth of grumbling, promoting my book and going into schools and colleges it occurs to me that other than minor hair loss very little has changed. Sure the sun has risen and set, the moon waxed and waned, Trump has Trumped but otherwise the status quo has pretty much … Continue reading New year, same as the old year? How a year on little has changed when it comes to careers advice in education.
I hate to be the Debbie Downer on the rainless parade of the careers and education firmament but a few weeks on from Careers Week and several months after the launch of the new Careers Strategy and still radio silence. Both literally and metaphorically. It's a weird situation. I don't believe that I am the … Continue reading Continuous and conspicuous lack of media interest in reporting largely terrible careers advice in schools.
Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear Edducan blah blah blah. Yes, it's true - one year ago today I set up my blog in the hope that it would reach a small but indifferent audience and I'm delighted to report that in that goal I have succeeded beyond my wildest … Continue reading 1 today, my gurgling, gurning, dribbly birthday blog.