JohnBald

JohnBald

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8 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - "We're doomed": The mo... · 0 replies · +1 points

Locally, despair, and despite a particularly good and effective council.

10 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Academy sca... · 0 replies · +1 points

It is not. There are groups of parents who are withholding their children from education and forming informal groups that are out of public sight. See HMCI's report last year on this. We need to know where children are. Some kind of affiliation would be a way to do it, provided the charity kept proper records, and the term "charity" covers a multitude of sins. I am not interested in telling parents what to do - other than that home education implies a form of education. i am interested in protecting children from abuse.

10 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Academy sca... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you, and I agree.

10 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Academy sca... · 2 replies · +1 points

The freedom to educate one's children has become a shield for abuse, and I support wholeheartedly the need for a register to stop this abuse. I offer free help to home educators - see this link - https://johnbald.typepad.com/language/french-to-f... - but I share HCMI's concern at the underground network of unofficial "schools" and the dangers of children not being educated at all. For me, a register will exist for child protection.

10 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Academy sca... · 0 replies · +1 points

An additional tranche of financial scandal, involving 6% of academy trusts with long-term low interest loans from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, has just appeared on Warwick Mansell's website, Education Uncovered. It has a paywall, but one article per month is free. This one would be a good choice.

10 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: Academy sca... · 0 replies · +1 points

They do still have some control over SEN. However, if they'd been working properly, the whole academisation programme would not have arisen.

11 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: A lesson fr... · 0 replies · +1 points

There is plenty of evidence of the scope of provision in Barry Smith's twitter feed.

11 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: A lesson fr... · 0 replies · +1 points

Identify the best, learn from it and develop it. Ofsted, alas, no longer has the means to do this, and it was an error to cut inspection, first in 2005, and then again under the coalition. I would give priority to rebuilding the expertise of HMI, which has been seriously damaged in the process. It was folly to expect any inspector to be able to inspect anything, and this is just beginning to be turned around. Beware also of quangos and pressure groups pushing political rather than educational agendas, particularly those who know how to disguise their true intentions.

11 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: A lesson fr... · 0 replies · +1 points

I can only repeat what I said i response to a previous comment - I was there for a morning, and did not see the full range of its activities.

11 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Bald: A lesson fr... · 1 reply · +1 points

I didn't think to ask. I had the honour to be invited to a royal garden party around five years ago, and bought an excellent suit from M&S for the occasion, for under £200. I've had it cleaned twice, around £10 a time, and it's as new.