This election is May’s opportunity to win over a generation of young voters

As the bright minds at CCHQ add their final touches to the Conservative election manifesto, media speculation continues to go round in circles, asking questions about the same few policies: will the Tories scrap the ‘triple lock’ on pensions? Will they commit to not increasing VAT and income tax? Will they drop their previous pledge … More This election is May’s opportunity to win over a generation of young voters

Policymakers need to work in tandem with businesses and educationists if Britain is to develop a pipeline of skilled workers

With Brexit on the horizon, British businesses are concerned about how they can attract skilled workers going forward, with 69 per cent of businesses not confident there will be enough people available in the future with the skills needed to fill high-skilled jobs (CBI/Pearson 2016). Statistics like this prickle the ears policymakers who are keen … More Policymakers need to work in tandem with businesses and educationists if Britain is to develop a pipeline of skilled workers

On the European Union and democracy

Life as a Politics teacher has been somewhat challenging over the past couple of months, with seemingly everybody you meet asking you for your well-reasoned standpoint on the impending EU referendum. However, despite reading widely, talking to many colleagues and friends, watching endless panel debates online and even teaching an entire year group about the … More On the European Union and democracy

The pupil premium is not having the impact needed to give poor kids the best possible start in life

The scale of social inequality in Britain impedes social mobility because the poorest in society are so disadvantaged from the outset, whilst the richest are so advantaged. Social inequality is therefore problematic for the current government’s stated vision of a ‘One Nation’ Britain where opportunities “are not dependent on the family you were born into, the … More The pupil premium is not having the impact needed to give poor kids the best possible start in life

Obstacles to getting character education right

Last Monday I attended the launch of the Demos report ‘Learning by Doing’, hosted jointly with The Scouts Association, in the majestic surroundings of the State Rooms within the Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster. This was an event on ‘non-formal learning’ and the role it can play in character development. Alongside Dweck’s growth-mindset, character traits such … More Obstacles to getting character education right

How to ensure ‘smart new teachers’ stay in the schools in which they are most needed

Last Saturday I witnessed my first speech day at Wellington (watch this trailer by the student-run TV station, WTV, for a glimpse of what the day had in store). Singing, dancing, poetry, speeches and prizes, made up a breath-taking 3 hour(!) spectacular in a ‘big-top’ hired out specially for the event. One could only marvel … More How to ensure ‘smart new teachers’ stay in the schools in which they are most needed