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Williams, Emma-Louise; Rosen, Michael – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
One of the least recorded and analysed aspects of English and Welsh education is the personal experience of millions of people attending secondary modern schools following the 1944 Education Act. Since 2012, Emma-Louise Williams and Michael Rosen have hosted a moderated blog for self-selecting personal testimony from anyone involved. So far, some…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Secondary Schools, Educational Experience
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
Scores of articles in "FORUM" have engaged for almost sixty years with a range of substantive issues relating to the grammar/secondary modern school divide, and to the movement for comprehensive reform. These articles constitute an invaluable resource for campaigners and historians. Highlighted and introduced here are half a dozen such…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Web Sites, Educational Change
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Richards, Colin – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
Since September 2015 the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has introduced major changes to its inspection procedures and expectations. These are embodied in its handbook for school inspection. Ofsted claims more than it can deliver; in particular it makes impossible demands on its inspectors--in terms of applying both evaluation criteria…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Guides, Inspection
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Benn, Melissa – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
As moves grow once more to expand selective education in the United Kingdom, this is a short report of two lively and well-attended debates at the universities of Manchester and Cambridge in the early part of 2015. Both debates were resoundingly won by those arguing against a return to a divisive system based on the 11+. Instead, audiences…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Debate, Selective Admission, Secondary Schools
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Tulloch, Margaret – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
Apart from one amalgamation there are as many grammar schools in England as when Labour took office in 1997. Selection at age 11 still influences English education and unless there are changes its effect is likely to increase. Legislation introduced in 1998 which could have ended selection had no effect. The pressure from the right-wing minority…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Politics of Education, Educational Legislation, Public Schools
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Taylor, Phil – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
This article argues that secondary school improvement in England, when viewed as a system, has become an impossible endeavour. This arises from the conflation of improvement with effectiveness, judged by a narrow range of outcome measures and driven by demands that all schools should somehow be above average. The expectation of comparable…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Outcomes of Education
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Marks, Rachel – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
Embedding setting (subject-based ability-grouping) into the primary school environment creates structural conflict--physically and culturally--fundamentally changing the nature of primary schools through the imposition of secondary practices and cultures and the loss of pastoral care. This article examines the hidden implications for teachers and…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Elementary Schools, Educational Environment, School Role
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Pettinger, Paul – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
This article reviews recent research looking at the socio-economic profile of pupils at faith schools and the contribution religiously selective admission arrangements make. It finds that selection by faith leads to greater social segregation and is open to manipulation. It urges that such selection should end, making the state-funded school…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Selective Admission, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Status
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Holdsworth, Roger – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
Students and schools struggle to create recognised spaces within which partnership dialogues about learning and teaching can occur. This reduces the roles of students and their school organisations to either complainants or organisers of marginal activities. Students in Victoria, Australia have initiated a "Teach the Teacher" program, in…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Student Participation, Faculty Development, Student Role
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Cooper, Tony – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2013
This article, an extract from the author's book "Head on the Block," describes how the purpose of the school examination system has changed such that now it is to evaluate the performance of teachers rather than the performance of their students. It highlights some of the negative effects of school league tables--in particular, how the…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation
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Arnold, Phil – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2013
Reddish Vale Technology College was the first co-operative trust in England. The democratic and co-operative nature of the experiment mean that students have gained a greater voice in the organisation of the school. As a result, new social enterprises, environmental interventions, connections with the community and with the wider co-operative…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Foreign Countries, Student Participation, Participative Decision Making
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Chitty, Clyde – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
In this slightly amended version of the talk with which the author opened the "Caught in the Act" Conference on 19 November 2011, he talks about fighting the most vicious right-wing government that England has known since the end of the Second World War--and one that is determined to destroy what's left of "a national system of…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Federal Legislation, Secondary Schools
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Benn, Melissa – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
In September 2011, the author published "School Wars: the battle for Britain's education." Since then she has been travelling around the country engaging in intense debates with parents, teachers, politicians and students about the current state of state education. It has been an interesting experience for it has brought her, a…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Foreign Countries, Public Service, Secondary Education
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Dash, Paul – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
This article reflects on the inequity of secondary modern school education. In doing so it draws heavily on the experience of the author while highlighting inputs from others who failed the 11+ examination and were banished to such schools. The article argues that selection undermines the self-esteem of secondary modern school pupils and places…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Federal Legislation
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Creber, Theo – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2012
This article is based on a research assignment submitted for the PGCE Course at Goldsmiths College, University of London. It looks at a Chinese community school and considers the experiences of participating families and explores how the ethos and purpose of the school relate to the practices, activities and representations that occur within its…
Descriptors: Community Schools, School Community Relationship, Learning Processes, Secondary Schools
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