It Was the Worst of Times; It was the Best of Times: Are Our Schools and Kids Awful?

In yesterday’s Daily Mail they ran the following headline: “The worst behaved pupils in the world? You’d better believe it: As a study says schools are even more anarchic than we thought, the shocking testimony of a once idealistic young teacher.” What followed was an article reflecting on a survey about how our pupils are rated … More It Was the Worst of Times; It was the Best of Times: Are Our Schools and Kids Awful?

To have done with the Judgement of Ofsted

In 1947 The mad French Surrealist Antonin Artaud produced a radio play called ‘To Have Done With the Judgement of God’. It involved some grunts, screams, cries and, literally, a ‘loud fart’. He died soon after… In the piece Artaud wrote: “It seems that, among the examinations or tests required of a child entering public school … More To have done with the Judgement of Ofsted

Will drama turn to crisis? On The New Arts GCSEs and A Levels

The Government’s statement on the new arts GCSEs and A Levels is to be welcomed. It states that: “Students will be able to access high-quality, rigorous GCSEs…” and that: “These new A levels will ensure that students have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in demanding undergraduate courses.” This will come to a great relief to … More Will drama turn to crisis? On The New Arts GCSEs and A Levels