Thursday, February 20, 2020

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern
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Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.

Chris McGovern: Testing times – education ministers flounder at the baseline

From 2016, four-year olds will face assessment screening when they begin school. This baseline ‘testing’ will allow pupil progress to be measured across subsequent...

Chris McGovern: Saddled with debt – what price a university degree?

Average student UK debt for undergraduates who started their courses in 2012 is likely to exceed £50,000. For students in England the debt will...

Chris McGovern: Ofsted inspectors have been the ‘enforcers’ of fashionable but failed educational ideology

Ofsted is back in the news. The organisation of school inspections is to be overhauled. Schools that are judged to be ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ (currently...

Chris McGovern: A strike for better teaching. These kids have a point

This is a confusing time to be a parent with children at school. What are they to make of the latest headline? A 14 year-old...

Chris McGovern: Mindfulness classes are a waste of time

"The Times Educational Supplement" reports that the Government is seriously considering whether courses in "mindfulness" should be introduced to help improve pupil well-being into...

Chris McGovern: Starting out with an A grade? More stupidity from the education ‘experts’

Should pupils start their learning with their teachers giving them a Grade A and, then, be immune from failure? This is what is being proposed...

Chris McGovern: DfE speech on teaching maths found wanting

Yesterday, the minister concerned, Liz Truss, announced that, "There is a growing political consensus around the importance of maths education...". That such a statement...

Chris McGovern: Why does China thrash us at maths? They teach their kids to count

Education minister, Liz Truss, has recently flown off to Shanghai in search of a mathematical 'philosopher's stone'. She wants to discover how Chinese pupils score...

Chris McGovern: Mediocre teacher training worse than no training at all

According to a report in the Sunday Times schools are offering maths and science teachers 'golden hellos' of up to £20,000 and six figure salaries...

Chris McGovern: We should trust teachers to teach

The Chief Inspector for Schools is concerned that inspectors are marking down traditional methods of teaching. According to “The Sunday Times” (16.2.2014), he has...

Chris McGovern: The Department for Education has lost the plot

The Department for Education insists that lengthening the school day will be the silver bullet to solving the problem of ‘wrap around childcare’ (for...

Chris McGovern: The exam system is broken

Michael Gove sees a "Berlin Wall" between our state schools and our private schools. He might have gone further and described this gulf as...

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