Website Archive - Nov 2009

University admissions - what is fair?

Should universities take account of applicants' school and home backgrounds when deciding admissions?

10 Nov 2009 BBC News Online

We need a better system of student finance

The fees review should go back to first principles

20 Nov 2009 The Guardian

University applications still rising

The first set of university application figures for 2010 entry from UCAS suggest that this year'...

02 Nov 2009

Mandelson's blueprint for universities

 There is good news and bad news in the report 'Higher Ambitions', Lord Mandelson's bluep...

04 Nov 2009

Pass notes for the new universities framework

 For those without the time to read the full 120 pages of Lord Mandelson's new framework fo...

04 Nov 2009

Making university admissions fairer

University admissions has become a highly politicised and controversial issue. Just look at the f...

05 Nov 2009

School building design

 I've just been to a fascinating conference on innovative school building design, held &nbs...

12 Nov 2009

Lessons on school building design


14 Nov 2009

In Doha for the World Innovation Summit for Education

 I've just arrived in Doha, the capital of Qatar, for the World Innovation Summit for Educa...

14 Nov 2009

Why we need a World Education Forum

 There is a World Economics Forum, held each year in Davos. There is also a World Environmen...

15 Nov 2009

World Innovation Summit for Education, Doha: Day 1

  We have had lots of stimulating debate on Day 1 of summit.  Some highlights:


16 Nov 2009

1 soldier = 20 schools in Afghanistan

 A sobering statistic was given to the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha today.<...

17 Nov 2009

World Education Summit ends with declaration

 The first World Innovation Summit for Education - attended by 1,000 opinion formers from ov...

19 Nov 2009

Queen's Speech - unnecessary education Bill

 The Children, Schools and Families Bill - announced in the Queen's Speech - seems to me an...

19 Nov 2009

End in sight for SATS at 11?

Interesting announcement to day by Education Secretary, Ed Balls, on the future of the SATs at ag...

19 Nov 2009

Save Villages in Action budget

Mid Devon Council runs a superb scheme to promote live music and theatre in rural village halls. ...

20 Nov 2009

Good education blog

Happy to recommend this education blog:


20 Nov 2009

Ofsted set sights on 'mediocre' teaching and learning

The annual report from Ofsted, published today, paints a picture of a schools system that is impr...

24 Nov 2009

Predictable defensiveness from independent heads

How sad, and how very predictable, that a number of head teachers from leading independent s...

24 Nov 2009

Visits to this site growing - thanks to you!

Dear website visitor,

My website has now had over 75,000 page views since I started witht...

24 Nov 2009

Mike sent to prison

 Yes it's true. I have been sent to prison - directly to prison. And not before time, I hea...

25 Nov 2009

Oxford Education Debate - reinventing the teaching profession

 I'll be chairing the second Oxford Education Debate at Oxford Brookes University this afte...

30 Nov 2009

Teachers TV tonight

My programme on the new Masters in Teaching and Learning - part of the Need To Know series - is b...

30 Nov 2009

EduBlog Awards - entries close soon

Do you have a favourite education blogger? There are lots of good ones out there and they help ba...

30 Nov 2009