Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Trust Recommends Solution To Problems Caused By Publishing School League Tables - Publish More School League Tables

The Sutton Trust last week published on its website an interesting report on England's failure to help gifted and talented pupils achieve in Maths education.

There are many reasons why this is the case, not least of which is that it appears to be socially acceptable to be bad at Maths.  But it is not just the top end who are being let down by the education system.

This will rarely be better illustrated than by Michael Gove's plan to bring back O Levels.  While higher ability pupils would be taking the new, harder exams, clearly no serious thought had been given for mid- and lower-ability pupils.  They were dismissed off-hand and promised "something like the old CSEs", a worrying afterthought that was barely commented on amidst the ridicule dished out (rightly) to Gove for harking back to some imaginary 1950s Golden Era

But the worst culprit for the neglect of the highest and lowest ability pupils?  League tables.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Sewing Buttons/Polishing Glass

The final performance of our drama school course this year was preceding by costume photos.  For large parts of this I'd set my camera onto continuous mode, and I couldn't resist turning these two into an animated gif.