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WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION?

LONDON PRIMARY SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

Date: Saturday 1st December 2012

Venue: Reay School, Hackford Road,

Lambeth, London SW9 0EN (near Oval Tube)

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm. Lunch provided

Speakers:

Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

Sue Palmer, ECA (Early Childhood Action) and author of Toxic Childhood and 21st Century Boys

Katie Mitchell OBE, Associate Director of National Theatre

John Coe, National Association of Primary Education (NAPE)

Judy Ellerby, NUT principal officer for Primary Schools

Jess Edwards, Primary School music teacher

More speakers to be confirmedMalevolent Pixie

Key debates and workshops to include:

How do we solve the shortage of school places in London schools? London’s children need 90,000 additional primary school places by 2015/16.

Will the new Primary curriculum take us back to the 1950s? The Coalition government is proposing wide ranging reform to the curriculum including phonics testing and other rote learning approaches.

How do we get a more creative curriculum? Teachers and parents know that what really inspires our children is a creative curriculum that builds their cultural and emotional level.

How will cuts in breakfast clubs and other support services affect our children? Cuts in essential services such as EMA grants and cuts to benefits see our most vulnerable children suffer.

Will the ‘free market’ in education deliver higher standards? The Coalition government claims academies and free schools are the answer to raising standards and tackling social inequality.

Do we still need a ‘middle tier’? The role of Local Authorities in education is also under intense pressure. Austerity cuts and the emergence of private providers are changing the nature of local democratic accountability.

Organised by Lambeth Teachers’ Association in association with others

Please email union@lambethnut.org.uk to register for a place or for more information

Online Registration: http://lambethteachers.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/latest-flyer-for-primary-education-conference/

Conference website, including downloadable flyer: http://lambethteachers.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/london-primary-schools-conference-what-is-the-future-for-primary-education/

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Education Crisis

PICKING UP THE PIECES

‘Picking up the Pieces’ is a Day Conference designed to explore how the next government could begin to rebuild our public education service.

Speakers will be Stephen Twigg MP, Francis Beckett, Tim Brighouse, Councillor Peter Downes, Professor Peter Mortimore and David Wolfe QC.

It will take place on Saturday 17th November 2012 at the Camden Centre in Central London, very close to Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross stations.

The cost is £25 (including lunch) and booking details can be found at www.campaignforstateeducation.org.uk/pickupthepieces.html

The conference is promoted by the Campaign for State Education, the Socialist Educational Association, Comprehensive Future, the journal FORUM (www.wwwords.co.uk/FORUM) and Information for School and College Governors, and is supported by the Anti-Academies Alliance.

 

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Blair's Educational Legacy

BLAIR’S EDUCATIONAL LEGACY: THIRTEEN YEARS OF NEW LABOUR

Edited by Anthony Green

Palgrave Macmillan (December 2010)

ISBN: 978-0-230-62176-3, ISBN10: 0-230-62176-7, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches, 244 pages

Providing an overview and Marxist assessment of Tony Blair and New Labour’sU.K.education policies, structures, and processes, the contributors in this exciting new collection discuss specific aspects of education policy and practices. This examination is set against the changing political and economic contexts of the British state’s responses to global and neo-liberal pressures.

Central themes include: New Labour and the education market state; New Labour, education, and ideology; and totality and open Marxism. 

Green’s work marks a timely contribution to Marxist analysis and Left critical assessment and is the first such collection addressing New Labour education policy.

Anthony Green is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London. He co-convenes Marxism and Education Renewing Dialogues (MERD), and is Series Editor for the Palgrave Macmillan Marxism and Education Series.

CONTENTS:

Introduction: Anthony Green * All the Wrong Answers: Labour’s Corporate-Centred Education Initiatives–Kevin Farnsworth * The Knowledge-based Economy and the Transformation of Higher Education: Issues concerning enclosing and protecting the intellectual commons–Molly Bellamy * The Professional Imagination: Further Education Professionalism in and beyond a Neo-liberal Context–Denis Gleeson * The Privatisation of Education Phase II: Perspectives on state schools the private sector and ten years of a Labour government–Thakir Hafid * Management and Governance of the School System–Richard Hatcher * City: Academies, Alienation, Economism and Contending Forces for Change–Philip Woods * Curriculum Change in the Blair Years–Terry Wrigley * Education still make you sick under Gordon Brown, Innit?–Martin Allen & Patrick Ainley * Ten Years of Education Policy and ‘Race’ Inequality: Whiteness or Neo-liberal Practice?–Alpesh Maisuria * Gendered Practices in Education–Rosalyn George & John Wadsworth

Blair’s Educational Legacy (at Palgrave Macmillan): http://us.macmillan.com/blairseducationallegacy

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Blair’s Educational Legacy (at Amazon.co.uk): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blairs-Educational-Legacy-Thirteen-Education/dp/0230621767/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304672910&sr=1-13

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Academies

ANTI ACADEMIES CONFERENCE

One year on from the Academies Act – Fighting Academy Conversions & Free Schools

A major one day conference for governors, parents and staff who want help to organise to stop primary, secondary and special schools converting to academy status.
                                                                   
There will be practical workshops for governors, parents, schools students, and staff. Other workshops sessions include Free Schools; ‘Edu-business’, UTCs and 16-19 academies, equality and SEN and ‘Rogue head teachers’.
 
This conference is the next step in the crucial campaign against the Government’s academy schools reform proposals.
 
Speakers include: Lisa Nandy MP; Nigel Gann one of the UK’s leading authorities on school governance; John Adams (NGA pc); Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education; Christine Blower, NUT;  Mary Bousted, ATL; Patrick Roach NASUWT; Megan Dobney, SERTUC; Alasdair Smith AAA
 
Saturday 11th June, 10.30am – 4pm
Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Speakers include:
 
Organised by: SERTUC and Anti Academies Alliance
To register email sertucevents@tuc.org.uk
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The Island

FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION – VOLUME 52 NUMBER 3 (2010)

 

 

 

 

Just published online at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/52/issue52_3.asp

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 52 Number 3 2010     ISSN 0963-8253

Clyde Chitty. Editorial. Lies, Exaggerations and Half-truths

Susanne Wiborg. Learning Lessons from the Swedish Model

Melissa Benn. A Comprehensive Response to the Coalition: how should we approach current government policies on education?

Stewart Ranson. From Partnership to Community Governance

John White. The Coalition and the Curriculum

Martin Allen. Education’s ‘Credibility Crunch’: the upper secondary years

Roz Stevens. Ever Reducing Democracy? A Comparative View of the Legislative Events Surrounding the Introduction of New-style Academies in 2010 and Grant-maintained Schools in 1988

Colin Richards. What Has Been, What Is and What Might Be: the relevance of the critical writings of Edmond Holmes to contemporary primary education policy and practice

Paul Dash. Theorising African Caribbean Absences in Multicultural Art Education

Alison Peacock. The Cambridge Primary Review: a voice for the future

Jane Turner. Primary Science: are there any good reasons to be cheerful?

Carl Parsons. Achieving Zero Permanent Exclusions from School, Social Justice and Economy

 

BOOK REVIEWS
The Pendulum Swings: transforming school reform (Bernard Barker), reviewed by Clyde Chitty
Susan Isaacs: a life freeing the minds of children (Philip Graham), reviewed by Mary Jane Drummond
The Staff Room (Marcus Orths), reviewed by Patrick Yarker

Access to the full texts of articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription. However, all articles become free-to-view 18 months after first publication.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION. Subscription to the 2010 issues (this includes access to all available past issues) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £45.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeFORUM.asp

LIBRARY SUBSCRIPTION (campus-wide access). If you are working within an institution that maintains a library, please urge your Librarian to take out a Library subscription so we can provide full access throughout your institution. Detailed information for libraries can be found at www.symposium-journals.co.uk/prices.html

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, Bromley BR1 2BL, United Kingdom (clydechitty379@btinternet.com).

In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-books.co.uk

 

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FORUM FOR PROMOTING 3-19 COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION: VOLUME 52 NUMBER 1 2010

Now available online:
http://www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/52/issue52_2.asp

FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 52 Number 2 2010     ISSN 0963-8253
SPECIAL ISSUE

How Did We Get Here and What Does the Future Hold?

Clyde Chitty. Editorial. Education plc

Derek Gillard. Hobson’s Choice: education policies in the 2010 General Election

Patrick Yarker. Representative Refusals: what comprehensives keep out, and what ministers keep to themselves

Michael Armstrong. The Cambridge Primary Review: a reply to R.J.Campbell

Stewart Ranson. Returning Education to Layering Horizons?

John Wadsworth. The Simple View of Education or Education Policy for Dummies

Colin Richards. Education Policy and Practice ‘under’ New Labour: an epistolary critique

Clive Griggs. Education and the Private Finance Initiative

Warwick Mansell. Has New Labour’s Numbers Drive Done Lasting Damage to State Education?

Trevor Fisher. The Death of Meritocracy: exams and university admissions in crisis

Peter Flack. Another School is Possible: developing positive alternatives to academies

Jeff Serf. Bringing Them Together: what children think about the world in which they live and how it could be improved

Clyde Chitty. Brian Simon and FORUM

BOOK REVIEWS

The Death of the Comprehensive High School? Historical, Contemporary and Comparative Perspectives (Barry M. Franklin & Gary McCulloch, Eds), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

Home is Where One Starts From: one woman’s memoir (Barbara Tizard), reviewed by Michael Armstrong
Education and Social Integration: comprehensive schooling in Europe (Susanne Wiborg), reviewed by Clyde Chitty

Access to the full texts of articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription. However, all articles become free-to-view 18 months after first publication.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION. Subscription to the 2010 issues (this includes access to all available past issues) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £45.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeFORUM.asp

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In the event of problems concerning a subscription, or difficulty in gaining access to the journal articles on the website, please contact the publishers at support@symposium-books.co.uk

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Education

SEPTEMBER ANTI ACADEMIES NEWSPAPER

 The September 2010 Anti Academies Alliance Newspaper is now available.

 It includes:

 * Updates on the impact of the Academies Act

* The case against ‘Free’ schools, who loses? Consultation

* Campaign news.

…and much more

The Newspaper is being printed today and will be posted out on Monday 13th September.

For more details on how to get the Newspaper, please download the order form and post in your order: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk/Home/news/septemberantiacademiesnewspaper

Or email in your order and we will send you an invoice.

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Vote Clegg, get Brown!

Tory / Lib Dem Government announce Plans for Swedish style ‘Free Schools’

 From Alasdair Smith at the Anti Academies Alliance

 AAA website at: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk

 The new Tory / Lib Dem government has already announced that we will see Swedish style ‘Free Schools’ being opened.

They also intend to rush through legislation to allow ‘outstanding’ schools to become Academies.

The Swedish ‘Free Schools’ have recently received a lot of criticism. Swedish Trade unions, politicians and even the Swedish National Agency for Education have warned that we there are serious problems with the ‘Free School’ model.

It’s not too late for Liberal Democrat members and MPs to demand that these proposals are abandoned.

In every city and town we need to start to prepare to resist these proposals.

No privatisation, No cuts: Defend Comprehensive Education!  

New Anti Academies Alliance briefing on Swedish style ‘Free’ Schools: https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/international/sweden/thecaseagainstswedishstylefreeschools

Recent news articles on Swedish ‘Free’ schools, and the myth that they are successful:

https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/parliament/thecaseagainstfreeschools

An Appeal to Liberal Democrats

The following Appeal has been circulated to Liberal Democrat MPs, councillors and activists.

At your Spring Conference in 2009 you passed a motion which stated you would “restore strategic Local Authority oversight and commissioning” of Academies.

The Anti Academies Alliance welcomed this decision. It made your party the only party that recognised a key problem with Academies; that they are schools that are outside of local democratic control.

In our questionnaire to election candidates many of your candidates replied repeating this pledge.

As the discussions about the formation of a future government proceed, we appeal to you to stand by this pledge, and to take this historic opportunity to halt the academy programme and the break up of our comprehenisive education system.

It is also important that the Tories’ plans for further privatisation & deregulation are thwarted. Michael Gove’s plans for “new” schools along the lines of the ‘Swedish model’ must be shelved.

We urge every Lib Dem to contact their leadership to demand that a progressive education policy is not squandered in any coalition deal.

Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance

‘Free’ Schools – a “disaster for standards”

This was the comment made by Nick Clegg, just a week before becoming Deputy Prime Minister:

Biggest academy sponsor hit by fresh Ofsted ‘failure’

The country’s biggest academy sponsor has been plunged into fresh turmoil after it emerged that another of its schools has been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Stockport Academy, sponsored by the United Learning Trust (ULT), has been told that it needs “significant improvement” to address poor standards.

It is the third ULT academy to be described as inadequate by inspectors in less than a year and is the latest in a line of significant setbacks for the sponsor.

Education Bill within weeks as Tories dig in

The move opens the door for a raft of new schools to be set up by parent groups, charities and local businesses as well as existing school providers, a policy not backed by the Liberal Democrats before the election. Legislation later this month will give all schools ranked outstanding by Ofsted the right to step out of local authority control immediately and become academies.

Heads warn National Challenge schools face job losses and budget cuts

England’s worst performing schools – those categorised under the National Challenge – face redundancies and budget crises from next spring, heads and unions have warned. Improvements to the “named and shamed” secondaries could stall when they lose vital cash during tough financial times in 2011, the school leaders have said. See: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6043684

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Dave Hill

STATEMENT AND EDUCATION POLICY MANIFESTO – BY DAVE HILL

Statement and Education Policy Manifesto by Dave Hill

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown

Details at: http://www.brightontusc.blogspot.com

I have spent my lifetime as a teacher in ‘challenging’ primary and secondary schools, in teacher ‘training’ and in universities trying to tackle inequalities in schooling: inequalities that result in millions of working class children having far less educational opportunities – and subsequently, usually lower paid jobs – than the children of richer parents; especially the 7% who go to private schools – and snap up most of the highest paid, elite, jobs.

The very choice of what and how it should be taught, how and what schooling should be organised, how it should be funded, and where and how the funding should be targeted, and a consideration of ‘who wins and who loses’ through all of the above, are all intensely political. And we want that politics to be in the interests of the millions not the millionaires!

I come from a working class family brought up in some poverty: for example on free School Meals (like a million others!) in St. Martins’ St., off the Lewes Rd., Brighton. I went to Westlain Grammar School, my brothers to under-funded secondary modern schools, such as Queens Park and Moulscoomb. Three times as much was spent on the education of grammar school students than on Secondary Modern students! My children went to local state schools. The inequalities I have witnessed – and lived – as a child, as a teacher and socialist political activist, have led me to spending my life fighting for greater equality in education and society, and against racism, sexism and against homophobia.

What an indictment of our divisive education system that students from private schools are 25 times more likely to get to one of the top British universities than those who come from a lower social class or live in a poor area! And that (in 2008) only 35% of pupils eligible for free school meals obtained five or more A* to C GCSE grades; compared with 63% of pupils from wealthier backgrounds.  This stark education inequality mirrors that in our grossly unequal society.

It is incredible, actually it is only too believable, in Britain today, that the richest section of society has 17 years of healthy life more than the least well-off in society. The minimum wage should be raised by 50%. How can people – decent hard working people like some in my own family, live on take-home pay of less than £200 a week! And there should be a maximum wage, too! Nobody, banker, boss, or buy-out bully, should be on more than £250,000 a year. This figure should reduce progressively so that within 10 years no-one is taking more than four times the average wage, nobody should be creaming off £27 million or £67 million a year for example! Certainly not when there are 4 million children living in poverty! I was once one of them. I was helped by the welfare state. We need our public services.  We need to improve them, not cut them; not attack them.

All three parties, New Labour, Lib Dem, and Tory, dance to the music of big business. All are promising cuts. Whatever they say, those cuts will hit schools, children, and the quality of education in our state schools. Already we are seeing staff cuts and course closures in universities up and down the country. In Brighton, for example, both Brighton and Sussex Universities are promising to cut out the nurseries, and Sussex to chop over 100 jobs. Brighton University is proposing to cut its Adult Ed art courses. Vandalism! Cutting popular and widely used public services!

And don’t believe cuts are necessary. They’re not! Cutting the Trident nuclear submarine replacement programme, bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, stopping the Identity Card programme, and collecting even some even of the £120 billion in taxes unpaid by the rich… yes, £120 billion!…would mean cuts are not necessary at all!

But you won’t hear that from the other parties, just from Socialists, like the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, and from Respect.

A Socialist Manifesto for Education is:

[1] Cut class sizes (they are currently some of the largest in the rich world- much larger than in private schools for example). According to OECD research Britain is 23rd out of 30 developed countries in terms of large class size. Other countries such as Finland have a maximum class size of 20. Finland is widely seen as providing an extremely high quality of education. For a maximum class size of 20 by 2020 in both primary and secondary schools!

[2] Abolish league tables and abolish SATS (some external testing is necessary, but SATS so very often restricts teaching to ‘teaching to the test’, and results in undue stress (and an increase in bedwetting, compared to the pre-SATS era, for example).

[3] Restore local democratic control of ‘Academies’. They should be run by the democratically elected local councils, and keep to national pay and conditions agreements. Why should rich businessmen and women take control of any of our schools? Let’s keep the added investment- but it’s the government that pays for that added investment anyhow! Let’s keep and enhance the added investment, but distribute it fairly between all schools. Our schools and the children in them are not for sale! Nor, through uneven funding for different types of school (e.g. Academies) should some schools be set up for success at the expense of others being set up (and under-funded) for relative failure.

[4] Private profiteering out of our schools! Bring the education services hived off to private profiteers back into either national or local private ownership! These include Ofsted, Student grants, school meals, cleaning and caretaking.

[5] Free, nutritious, balanced school meals for every child to combat poor diets, obesity, and… yes… for some children… hunger!

[6] Restore free adult education classes in pastime and leisure studies as well as in vocational training/ studies

[7] Restore free, state-funded residential centres and Youth Centres/Youth clubs for our children so they can widen their experiences of life in safe circumstances and enhance their education beyond the confines of the home or city.

[8] For a fully Comprehensive Secondary School system; so that each school has a broad social class mix and mix of ability and attainment levels. 

[9] For the integration of Private schools into the state education system – so that the goodies of the private school system are shared amongst all pupils/ students. All schools to be under democratic locally elected local council control. No to Private Schools. No to religious groups running schools. No to big business / private capital running our schools and children! 

[10] Free up the curriculum so there can be more creativity and cross-subject/ disciplinary work.

[11] Get Ofsted and their flawed tick-box system off the back of teachers. The results of Ofsted are to penalise even the best schools (outstanding in every aspect- other than in SATS attainments) in the poorest areas.

[12] Encourage Critical Thinking across the curriculum. Teach children not ‘what to think’, but ‘how to think’: including how to think critically about the media and politicians.

[13] Teach in schools for ecological literacy and a readiness to act for environmental justice as well as economic and social justice. Encourage children to ‘reach for the stars’ – and to work for a society that lets that happen – a fairer society with much more equal chances, pay packets and power, and about environmental and sustainability issues.  

[14] Proper recognition of all school workers, and no compulsory redundancies. For teachers, secretarial and support staff, teaching assistants, school meals supervisory assistants, caretaking staff, there should be workplace democratic regular school forums in every school. Regarding jobs (for example the threatened job cuts at Sussex University – and the ‘inevitable’ job cuts in every? school after the election – and no compulsory redundancies – any restructuring to be conditional on agreement with the trade unions.

[15] Setting up of school councils – to encourage democratic understanding, citizenship, social responsibility, and a welcoming and valuing of ‘student/pupil voice’.

[16] Ensuring that schools are anti-racist, anti-sexist and anti-homophobic – making sure schools encourage equality, welcoming different home and group cultures. As part of this, anti-bullying practices in every school must be fully implemented, to combat bullying of all sorts, including racism, sexism, homophobia, and bullying based on disabilities. And this should be not just in anti-bullying policies, but also be part of the curriculum too!

[17] An honest sex education curriculum in schools that teaches children not just ‘when to say no’, but also when to say ‘yes’; a programme that is focused on positives and pleasure and personal worth, not on stigmatising sex and sexualities.

[18] No to ‘Faith Schools’ and get organised religion out of schools. If Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Zoroastrians, or whichever religion wishes to teach religion, let them do it in their own time, places of worship (Saturday/Sunday schools) or in their supplementary or complementary schools. Teach ethics and spirituality by all means, and teach about religions. But no brainwashing. Teach a critical approach to religions.

[19] Broaden teacher education and training so that the negative effects of the ‘technicisation and de-theorising’ of teacher training (that were the result of the 1992/1993 Conservative re-organisation of what was then called teacher education- subsequently retitled teacher training). Bring back the study and awareness of the social and political and psychological contexts of teaching, including an understanding of and commitment to challenge and overturn racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of underexpectation and discrimination – such as discrimination against working class pupils.

[20] A good, local school for every child. No school closures! “Surplus places” should actually mean lower class sizes! And increased community use of school facilities.

[21] A completely fully funded, publicly owned and democratic education system from pre-school right through to university. Education is a right not a commodity to be bought and sold. So: no fees, like in Scandinavia, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, where education up to PhD level is free. No to university or further education/vocational training fees! And bring in a living grant for students from less well-off backgrounds/ income.

In my jobs, firstly as a teacher, and now as a Professor of Education (and writer/editor of 17 books on education and equality) I have been round hundreds of schools. Many of them are brilliant. Schools in the poorest areas, schools in better off areas! Brilliant. But, with better funding, smaller class sizes, an end to the destructive competition between schools (if every school is a good local school) and with more professional judgement being allowed for teachers- then I look forward to a time when all state schools match the class sizes and results of the currently more lavishly funded private schools’. And working class kids – black, brown, white – get the fair deal currently trumpeted – but in actuality denied – by all three major parties.  

Professor Dave Hill, The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown

Professor Dave Hill teaches at Middlesex University and is Visiting Professor of Critical Education Policy and Equality Studies at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

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School Privatisation

ACADEMIES, TRUSTS, ‘FREE’ OR ‘NEW’ SCHOOLS: HOW FAR SHOULD SCHOOL PRIVATISATION GO?

Seminar organised by the TUC and the Anti Academies Alliance

Speakers:

Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, University of London

Ann-Christin Larsson from Lararforbundet, Sweden’s largest teachers union

Alasdair Smith, Anti Academies Alliance

John Bangs, NUT assistant general secretary

Christina McAnea, UNISON head of education

Chaired by Tom Wilson, TUC

7pm, Wednesday 17th March

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH

School Privatisation

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Forum for Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education – Issue 51

Just published online at
http://www.wwwords.co.uk/forum/content/pdfs/51/issue51_2.asp [printed copies will be posted at the end of June]
FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education
Volume 51 Number 2 2009     ISSN 0963-8253

 

Clyde Chitty. Editorial. A Game of Snakes and Ladders

Susanne Wiborg. The Enduring Nature of Egalitarian Education in Scandinavia: an English perspective

Anna Traianou. The Uncertain Character of Recent Educational Reform in Greece

Derek Gillard. Short and Fraught: the history of primary education in England

Michael Armstrong. Playful Words: the educational significance of children’s linguistic and literary play

Patrick Yarker. Happy Fiasco! The National Curriculum Tests of 2008, and After

Richard Pring. Education Cannot Compensate for Society: reflections on the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training

Richard Harris. Southampton: a case study on why Academies are not the answer

Clyde Chitty. Opposition Education Policies

Chris Searle. Mandela, Manchester: a response to establishment pessimism

Emma Snowden. Enjoy and Achieve: finding opportunities to action the Every Child Matters framework to provide opportunities for children and adults to work collaboratively on an outdoor learning project

Clive Griggs. The Switch to Private Pension Plans for Teachers, 1982-2002: a case of freedom of choice or financial scandal?

Clyde Chitty. Initial Teacher Training or Education? ITT or ITE?

BOOK REVIEW
The Professionals: better teachers, better schools (Phil Revell), reviewed by Derek Gillard

 

Access to the full texts of articles is restricted to those who have a Personal subscription, or those whose institution has a Library subscription. However, all articles become free-to-view 18 months after first publication.

PERSONAL SUBSCRIPTION. Subscription to the 2009 issues (this includes access to ALL PAST ISSUES) is available to private individuals at a cost of US$70.00 (approximately £40.00). If you wish to subscribe you may do so immediately at: http://www.wwwords.co.uk/subscribeFORUM.asp  

For all editorial matters, including articles offered for publication, please contact the Editor, Professor Clyde Chitty, 19 Beaconsfield Road, Bickley, Bromley BR1 2BL, United Kingdom (c.chitty@gold.ac.uk).

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Volumizer Resurrection Eight

 

 

The Volumizer was Glenn Rikowski’s AOL blog. It was started up on 29th September 2005. On 30th September 2008, AOL announced that all of its Hometown products, including its blogs and newsletters, would be closed down on 31st October 2008. Glenn’s articles, many of which were written for his students at the Volumizer, will be preserved at The Flow of Ideas. Work has begun on this project, and the latest articles to be included are now available, as listed below:

 

 

 

2007

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) My Tony Blair, and His Neoliberal Education Policies, 12th May, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=My%20Tony%20Blair

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Edison Schools in the UK, 23rd April, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Edison%20Schools%20in%20the%20UK

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Learning in the Earthworks of Capital@ The JCB Academy, 31st March, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Learning%20in%20the%20Earthworks%20of%20Capital

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) The ‘Standards’ Language-game for Schools in England Today, 26th March, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=The%20Standards%20Language-game%20for%20Schools%20in%20England

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) E-learning for Free at the BBC: Jam Jammed, 16th March, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=E-learning%20for%20Free%20at%20the%20BBC

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Mrs Thatcher and Holes in the Kitchen Floor, 22nd February, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Mrs%20Thatcher%20and%20Holes%20in%20the%20Kitchen%20Floor

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) When the Bowers Break, 22nd February, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=When%20the%20Bowers%20Break

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Ultra-Blairite, Contra Progress: Co-payment in Hospitals and Schools, 15th February, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Co-payment%20in%20Hospitals%20and%20Schools

 

 

Rikowski, G. (2007) Socialism is not Dead, 31st January, London, online at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=articles&sub=Socialism%20is%20not%20Dead

 

 

 

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Currently listening :
Fear of a Blank Planet
By Porcupine Tree
Release date: 2007-04-24