There is always that child you know you should never ring home for, who may be disrupting a class, but whose parents are suspected to be a little too free with their fists. That child who is known to Social Services, who may not have broken bones, but cries hysterically when you say you might ring home to their mum or dad to let them know their child has a detention. That child whose life swings between rebellion and fear. The rebellion in school against the harsh discipline of home, the fear that their school may cause physical harm in trying to resolve the issues.
Late last year, I read the obituary of former Cabinet Minister, Sir Timothy Raison. He served under Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher, apparently 'ga...
For someone like me who is actually in China assisting in the education of future international businessmen and women, I believe that the system is not preparing its youngest and brightest well enough to succeed on an international level.
Every school has that teacher that comes into school, misses the morning briefing, fails to show up for their duty, misses report writing deadlines, moans about new initiatives, has a couple of days off a term, does little planning and leaves school on the stoke of 3:30.
I left school in 2007. In my entire time at secondary school, I had around 30 hours of computer education, concentrated between the ages of 11 and 12. I was not offered computing as an option at either GCSE or A-Level. Looking back now, it's only because of my learning outside of school that I can do my job today
Teach sometimes marriage works, teach sometimes marriage doesn't. Teach sometimes single parents are stable family homes, teach sometimes LGBT couples are stable parents. Replace Religious Studies with Philosophy so that children are not taught pseudo-theology but how to critically think.
While Religious discrimination is illegal in the UK, it is alive, well, and hard-wired into the selection process for faith schools up and down the country thanks to a loophole permitted for the selection of pupils for faith schools.
For the past three years, Debate Mate has begged to differ, focusing on "how amazing" children are, and investing in them now to make sure they have every opportunity of becoming the leaders of the future. And now we're starting to see evidence of them taking on responsibility at their schools too.
Michael Gove is obsessed with a number of pet projects affecting a very small proportion of children in England. It is not good enough to offer an education system that focuses on the few, not the many.
We live in a nation where the link between family income and educational attainment is greater than in almost any other developed country - where 96% of young people educated in independent schools progress to university, compared to only 16% of pupils eligible for free school meals.
It seems that teaching has never really escaped from a fatally corrosive virgin-whore dichotomy. On one hand, ITV celebrates teachers in a mawkish, quasi-celebritised manner in the Teaching Awards; on the other, the moment teachers decide to defend their profession and the benefits that make up for the decades of hard grind, they are vilified.
Gove has made his disrespect for women teachers explicit. The cultural creep in the direction of a dusted-down patriarchy, laid out by his party, is cause for serious concern. Democracy and the rule of law require a more adaptive and inclusive approach. If not, it's women and girls who will pay the price.
Since Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, debate has been reignited regarding the policies Labour should be taking forward. No policy suggestion, though, has received anywhere near the backlash of Stephen Twigg's proposal that the Party should embrace the Government's free schools agenda.
In early 2012, the coalition will decide on whether Citizenship Education will be made non-statutory within the national curriculum. For those who don't know, Citizenship was designed to counter political apathy among young people and engage those at GCSE level on political systems and more importantly, how young people play their part in a modern day democracy.
Of course I watched it. I promised myself I wouldn't, but ended up breaking my own cardinal rule ('don't watch school related TV programmes, they'll only make you angry') because of staffroom banter, most of which was fairly positive.
Twenty-first century industrial problems cannot be solved primarily with a nineteenth-century educational toolkit.