Monthly Archives: February 2012

Adrian Mole and The Woman

I went to Leicester last week to interview Sue Townsend, the comic novelist. Was surprised to be told that she had received mental health treatment after the worldwide success of her first books. Of course, as one would expect from … Continue reading

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Les Ebdon and the matter of university entrance

Zak Kanter really wanted to be a doctor. He had everything going for him – 13 A* grades at GCSE, three predicted A*s at A level, masses of time spent on work placements in GP surgeries and hospitals. He helped … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with aiming for the top?

Surprising comment by teacher Jonny Griffiths, at Paston college, Norfolk in last week’s TES magazine Mr Griffiths (no relation to me) writes: “Most of the aggravation in a teacher’s life (not counting hassle from management and the government) arises from … Continue reading

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Are universities meeting modern standards?

When Rhydian Emlyn-Williams went to Leeds University to study Chinese, he hoped it would set him on the path to a great career. He soon became disillusioned. “In the first year I had friends who had just four hours of … Continue reading

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