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October 9, 2019

“All things are subject to interpretation, - whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power not of truth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

When we acquire a language, we acquire more than simply the ability to speak in a particular tongue.  As we learn...

On Wednesday 11th September, I had the privilege of being invited to the launch of ASCL’s The Forgotten Third Commission of Inquiry.

‘The Forgotten Third’ – a term coined by the distinguished educationalist Roy Blatchford - are those students who, after 12 years of comp...

This academic year has been a busy one for oracy.

There is a growing consensus across society, including government, employers, teachers and parents, as to the importance of oracy in education.

A few items of interest:

In February, both Nick Gibb and Damian Hinds advocate...

June 17, 2019

In the state education system, oracy has been recognised as an important and necessary life-skill for students to develop.  It has long been recognised within the private education system, where rhetorical skills have been a foundation of learning and expression since...

When I went to secondary school in the 1990s, the internet was still in its infancy. Mobile phones were the size of a brick and used solely as phones. If I wanted to speak to someone, it was either face to face or on the landline after 6.30p.m as my parents insisted it...

The one thing to date that has concusively emerged from the ongoing Brexit debate is the boosting of the viewing figures for BBC Parliament. These figures have recently been in excess of other channels including MTV.

I have dipped in and out of the channel – mostly when...

On 7th February, Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds promoted the notion that character and resilience are as important as academic achievement.

About time.

He set out a list of five key areas which covered a list of activities – Sport, Creativity, Performing,...

Last week, we finally saw recognition for the importance of oracy from Nick Gibb. He suggested that it is as important as the three Rs. Cue the tweets berating the removal of speaking and listening as a component of the GCSE English Language Grade in England…

But should...

October 9, 2018

The Chairman of Four Acre Trust and Talk The Talk, John Bothamley, is just back from New York where he enjoyed a private lunch with Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of Microsoft and themselves generous philanthropists.   

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global...

October 9, 2018

Fair Education Alliance

On 5th September the Fair Education Alliance launched their Report Card which measures the gaps between the most and least privileged students in five key areas – primary literacy and numeracy, GCSE attainment, post-GCSE destinations, university...

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