Over the last extraordinary ten days we have been rung by education journalists expecting us to opine on what Brexit will mean for education.
There is, of course, only one honest answer at present - "who knows?"
With uncertainty about every aspect of our future - not least about our governance, macro and micro, anyone who purports to be able to predict such matters is a mere pundit.
There is, however, one thing we can be sure about. If we are to go it alone in the big wide world of markets, commerce, negotiating and deal-making, we will need professionals of the highest calibre. We will need far-sighted, innovative and responsible employers; we will need creative, expert and energetic employees. We need a working environment that will not be afraid to take risks, experiment, invest and trust. Above all, we need world-beating skills and knowledge and the confidence to trust in our unique capacity for inventiveness and achievement.
Osborne is cutting business taxes. In the longer term, this could, of course, help exports and GDP. In the short term, this could mean less money for the one thing that will help us survive the current crisis - education.
Whoever becomes our next leader and forms the next administration, education at all levels from primary to post-graduate, MUST be the first priority. Our future depends on it.
Bernadette John, our Director of Special Educational Needs, despairs at yet another pointless idea from The Department of Education
The school admissions system is, apparently, now taking the blame for the lack of social mobility which is blighting opportunities and depriving the nation of much-needed talent.
The Good Schools Guide Blog
One criticism of grammar schools is that they take a disproportionate number of children from privileged backgrounds. A far smaller number of grammar school pupils receive the pupil premium than pupils in comprehensive schools.
Whatever the reasons for this, we now learn that grammar schools are expecting to ask parents for "donations" to enable them to maintain the breadth of the curriculum they offer.
Many grammar school parents - especially those in the prosperous Home Counties eg Bucks, Surrey, Kent which boast a number of such schools - already…
Buttle UK is a charity which supports disadvantaged children. One of its more imaginative and bolder initiatives has been to fund places at boarding schools for children who are thought likely to benefit from the opportunities this would provide. The project has been sensitively designed so as not to create divisions between children and their own families and social milieu.
The initial furore over National Offer Day is over - although, of course, the next one - Primary School Offer Day - is only six weeks away and we'll have to go through the whole miserable experience again. We, at The Good Schools Guide, along with everyone else, get worked up on behalf of children who are not allocated their first choice school or, far more worrying, children who get offered none of their six choices. It isn't good enough and shouldn't be happening.
Viewers tuning in for the Downton slot on Sunday night will have got something of a jolt – instead of cosy escapism, they were confronted by a brutal tale of death row executions and family betrayals (Undercover, BBC1).
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