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.
I wrote this article last week, still giddy with optimism that National Careers Week would form the centrepiece of educational reporting, and to a degree it did. Unfortunately only those interested in, paying attention to or aware of such Herculean efforts are likely to be captured by such events. For most, specifically those who watch … Continue reading National Careers Week – I hardly knew you.
For those small number of edu-warriors for whom the weekends represent nothing more than an opportunity to fulminate over minor news stories then this weekend has been a doozy. Most papers carried the story of a student who is suing her alma mater, Anglia Ruskin University, for £60,000 for misrepresenting itself as being a well … Continue reading Sour grapes, legitimate grievance or poor decision making? How one student sued her university for £60,000.
I'll just leave this here... http://www.so-cheshire.co.uk/is-your-school-lying-to-you/