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What Have the Arts or DT Ever Done for Us?

In Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” the the classic line, “What have the Romans ever done for us?”  Is responded to with a long list, “sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health”. Continue reading


Time to Respond to the EBacc Consultation

The consultation on the implementation of the English Baccalaureate consists of a set of predetermined questions.  I won’t be limiting my response by the narrow frame of these questions.  Firstly, I don’t actually want to implement the EBacc and secondly there are some important things that need saying which don’t fit anywhere in the rubric; I’m going off piste. Continue reading

My #EBacc Meeting with Nick Gibb MP

Unlike some school and education leaders who regularly meet with Ministers or the Department my meeting with Nick Gibb MP today was a unique opportunity to try to influence policy.  Conscious that my depth of feeling, about the Ebacc, could all to easily lead to a garbled monologue followed by a polite response from the Minister, a warm hand shake and no impact I have tried to think through what I want to say.  This mustn’t be an opportunity missed. 
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