An Open Letter To GCSE Students And The Complete Farce Of Grade Boundaries And “Value Added”

Look at this image. Column D is the grades students got in one of the years that I taught GCSE English Language. Column E is their UMS (for the uninitiated, that is like their total score). The first 11 students on that column are coloured green because if they had done exactly the same the... Continue Reading →

Poverty In The Shadow Of Opulence

As an English teacher, I always thought my only job was to teach children and young people how to think for themselves. Do that, my thinking went, and they will teach themselves all they need to learn to be successful, both in examinations and life. One of my favourite lessons was one that I titled... Continue Reading →

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