Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Level English Literature – are standards declining?

A level English Literature was criticised last week in a report by Ofqual. According to widespread media reporting, noticeably on the BBC and in The Independent (the latter being quite misleading in my view), A level English Literature has suffered from declining standards. Examination questions, argued Ofqual, have become too predictable, almost formulaic, and there…

Time Up for the Times Ed?

The Times Educational Supplement Relaunched as a magazine this week, the once essential read for teachers has a fresh new look but can a makeover save the day? Time was when the aspiring teacher was instructed to read the TES each week. Before I started teacher training, I bought it religiously for a year, following slavishly…

Highland Warrior

The start of Calum's Road on Raasay

Calum’s Road by Roger Hutchinson Two summers ago, a wet day on holiday in Scotland led me to stumble upon this deeply moving and widely lauded account of one man’s struggle. It had been the most awful day of weather, of the sort which only those who holiday regularly North of the Border can understand,…