That in fact Maths and English is not everyone's cup of tea, and making it compulsory is very stressful. We don't make it compulsory to take music exams over and over nor do we make it essential to be good at sport or business.
For the first time he will have a whole life away from me. New friends and new experiences that I won't be able to directly share with him. Of course it will be good for him. I know that, but my Mummy heart wants to scoop him up and hold him close. I want to be the one that knows his every mood or whimsical thought. Each night I spend a little longer with him, as time marches on into September.
Getting your GCSE results can feel like a life changing moment. I remember just how nervous I felt when I collected my equivalent results around thirty five years ago. It can be a time of jubilation or disappointment, as not everyone gets the grades they'd hoped for.
It is not okay to normalise that school work will make you cry and interfere with your family life, social life and love life. Nor to sanitise the well-documented crisis we have with workload related-mental health issues by saying that every teacher is under that pressure.
We should focus on those two really hard jobs: how can we recruit and train, and keep training the profession? And how can we raise the ambitions of children for themselves?
I attended training recently with The Schools Consent Project. I'll be going into schools as a volunteer lawyer to present workshops on the issue of c...
Vigorously challenging the abuse of the mobility clause is not only important for the teachers at St Augustine's school but also for teachers across Scotland. All teachers have a mobility clause in their contracts. If employers are allowed to invoke the clause...then teachers will face constant job insecurity.
I always knew that I would be a scientist. As a child I loved exploring the world around me; I was fascinated by fossils and had a voracious appetite for any science books, documentaries or experiments.
The countdown to A Level results day is approaching, and if you are waiting for your exam results it can be a time of excitement and uncertainty. You might be confident you will get the results you need, or be dreading hearing the news.
Grammar schools won't improve anything. Indeed, it's more likely that they will widen the differences that already exist and label a whole generation of children as failures. The Prime Minister knows this because the evidence is clear but it would seem that, once again, we have a leader more concerned with currying favour than making a difference.
As an employer I don't want people who can recall stuff because I've got computers to do that, I want people who can make stuff. And that might be making ideas, it might be making value, it might be making physical objects, but that's what we need.
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education from 2010 - 2014, saw the fallacy of the claim that knowledge had only instrumental value and took the opportunity to give a Conservative answer to the question 'what counts as knowledge' which is now, sadly, entrenched in Britain's educational policies and structures.
Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it
Rachel was fifteen today. She has been told at school that her country- one of the rich, English-speaking nations of the world- is highly privileged, ...
If Brexit is to be a new beginning, not the beginning of the end, then a radical reformation of education must be a part of the new Cabinet's thinking. I look forward to hearing more from the government in the coming weeks.
We all remember our days at school - our teachers, our friends, the moment the bell rang for break time. As children it's where we spend most of our time, the place where we build not only our academic skills but our knowledge of life and how to live it. But for some children and young people this experience is not quite the same.