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Tauheedul Islam Girls High School’s radical transformation

This is a guest post by Henry Jacob

According to the Sunday Times, the Tauheedul Islam Girls High School in Blackburn has made a remarkable turnaround over the past 12 months and is now seen as model for other faith schools by the DfE.  Here is the full Sunday Times article:
Muslim school drops [...]

Not Being Aware of Your Own Brief

It makes a change from ousting college chiefs who are not beholden to you, I suppose.

Putting Birmingham Children First?

by Paul Stott
Islamists can certainly be slick when it comes to propaganda. Salma Yaqoob is busily promoting a public meeting tonight in the second city entitled “Putting Birmingham School Kids First”. Two issues of the many which emerge from this. Firstly consider the remarkable picture used to advertise this event – a dozen or so [...]

Gove and GCSE English literature

Michael Gove’s reported call for a renewed emphasis on literature written in the British Isles seems a bit parochial.  In response to new guidelines many American texts are being dropped from syllabuses.
The John Steinbeck novella Of Mice and Men, and other American classics including Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible and the Harper Lee novel To [...]

The French government is trying to remodel the school system

This is a guest post by Cyril Rolling
Education was one of the most important fields Francois Hollande, the French President, wanted to reform when he entered office. Vincent Peillon, Minister for Education, has already changed some fundamental rules. And he is still trying to convince people who are currently opposing him.
Vincent Peillon is a former [...]

On PISA and poverty

Cross-posted from Roland Dodds at But, I Am A Liberal
The newest PISA scores have been released, and surprise, the US and Britain are trailing most of their Asian and European counterparts in both reading and mathematics. When these scores are released every three years, the same regrettable headlines are brought to head and we are [...]

Shadowy Turkish group ‘Mentora Academies Trust’ to receive millions of pounds to run UK schools!

This is a guest post by Ismet Inonu

A Turkish group called ‘Mentora Academies Trust’ which has no website and whose Chairman speaks no English, has declared it will receive £6-7 million pounds from the British government to run three schools in Oxfordshire on 500 acres of land. Enver Yucel, Chairman of the Turkey-based group, has [...]

Will the real school reformers stand up?

Cross-posted from Roland Dodds at But I Am A Liberal
A measured retort to the top-down, corporate-centered education reform is gaining momentum in liberal opinion circles. With the likes of Michelle Rhee finding fewer allies on the left now that she has spent the last few years working almost exclusively to vitiate teacher unions, even policy [...]

On non-compulsory education

Cross-posted from Roland Dodds at But I Am A Liberal
I rarely find much to agree with when it comes to Utah state senators, but recent comments made to the Senate Site by Aaron Osmond (yes, those Osmonds), have received a decent amount of unfair scorn by the expected parties. The scores of comments at the [...]

Still stupid after all these months [see update]

After Barack Obama’s reelection last November, Louisiana’s Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal declared that the GOP needed to “stop being the stupid party.”
“… It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,” he said. “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say [...]