As a kid I was quite arty, I used to have long hair and wear clothes from charity shops and oddments stolen from the school's costume department. I did plays and read poetry. Now in an exclusive single sex public school that's pretty much all the evidence needed to tar and feather a chap and … Continue reading End of term talent shows aren’t a drag after all…
After years of bleating from the side-lines with no one listening or caring what I, a rank outsider, thought about any of this education lark I now have a cast iron defence against claims of woolly headedness. No more shall I be cowed by others within the careers establishment, particularly he who actively sought me … Continue reading Oooh check out my bona fides…
What do you get when you cross free training, almost guaranteed job and some pocket money? Something that is more compelling than a third rate degree from a failing institution. I've issued caution and sagacious words to a small but disinterested audience on this matter for some years now but it does seem that the … Continue reading Don’t look over there, degrees are where it’s at, all the cool kids are doing them…
Whilst it is easy for people of my generation to soften the edges of our own schooling, misremembering them as a halcyon time when Dvorak's New World symphony was the soundtrack to innocent skylarking, things have inalterably changed. I'm no luddite but the ubiquity of technology has had a profound and I believe ultimately damaging … Continue reading It’s good to talk. Texting less so.
There's something tremendously reassuring about going to a beach, the predictable ebb and flow of the waves crashing on the shoreline, the rise and fall of the sun. Everything is orderly and happens just as it ought, with almost metronomic precision. Where that calculable cosiness starts to become problematic is in education where year after … Continue reading The great grade garage sale is back in the news again! 1st class degrees easier to get than a 3rd.
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.
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.