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Christmas in a castle

Going to spend Christmas in this bona fide 13th century castle in west Wales this Christmas, which will be exciting. First Xmas I’ve ever spent in a castle come to think of it!  Hoping it will be a white one … Continue reading

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Tackling troubled families and Louise Casey

I interviewed Louise Casey, the tough-talking head of the government’s troubled families programme, last week for The Sunday Times. Five minutes into our interview and Casey lost control. After telling me about her meeting with Stella, a 40-year-old mother from one of … Continue reading

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Sussing out cyberschools

I wrote a story for yesterday’s Sunday Times, with the paper’s education correspondent Jack Grimston, which at first sight may not seem that important. It’s a story about what could become the UK’s first virtual school, in which children study … Continue reading

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Teaching children to read? Phonics has all the aces

So the reading wars go on, judging by this week’s Mumsnet debate about phonics between children’s author Michael Rosen and Schools minister Nick Gibb.  Unusual for me to agree with a government minister, but I have to say, on this … Continue reading

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The Leon boys beat a path to perfect school dinners

I interviewed the Leon boys about their campaign for better school dinners for the Sunday Times. You can read the full interview, with details of their mission and their relationship with Michael Gove, Jamie Oliver, here . Meanwhile, here’s my … Continue reading

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Go roving with your favourite poems

Everyone my age seems to have a favourite poem they remember from their schooldays. In my case it was Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat by T. S Eliot. For some reason whenever I’m late for a train the lines spring into … Continue reading

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Breaking boundaries and teenage sex

One of the most worrying articles I researched last week for The Sunday Times was about the sexual activities of teenage (and younger) boys and girls. I talked to an organisation called TeenBoundaries, which is to run a project in … Continue reading

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