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Calling out the bullies. | Hello Mr Sparrow!

About a year ago, Andrew Old published a blog warning about the efforts some supporters of “progressive” education would go to in order to close down debate. 

Social media has opened up the debate, and they do not like it. You may think your little blog or a few tweets won’t bother anybody, but if they see a chance to silence you, they will take it.

As the owner of this particular little blog (a couple of posts and a few thousand views in total), and a school governor who makes a point of not commenting on teaching methods, I was surprised to read about these tactics but didn’t see how it…

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Calling out the bullies. | Hello Mr Sparrow!

About a year ago, Andrew Old published a blog warning about the efforts some supporters of “progressive” education would go to in order to close down debate. 

Social media has opened up the debate, and they do not like it. You may think your little blog or a few tweets won’t bother anybody, but if they see a chance to silence you, they will take it.

As the owner of this particular little blog (a couple of posts and a few thousand views in total), and a school governor who makes a point of not commenting on teaching methods, I was surprised to read about these tactics but didn’t see how it…

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A beginner’s guide to the National Funding Formula for schools | Hello Mr Sparrow!

I was in a finance meeting last week and there was discussion around changes in the National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools. Although I was aware of the background and the criticisms of the original formula, I wasn’t up to speed with the latest changes and thought that many governors (and perhaps school leaders too) wouldn’t be either. So I hope the below helps; it’s a complex subject and I’d welcome any corrections/clarifications. Much of the below is a distillation of three long papers, which are linked to at the bottom and worth reading.

Background and context

The current NFF is the…

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A beginner’s guide to the National Funding Formula for schools | Hello Mr Sparrow!

I was in a finance meeting last week and there was discussion around changes in the National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools. Although I was aware of the background and the criticisms of the original formula, I wasn’t up to speed with the latest changes and thought that many governors (and perhaps school leaders too) wouldn’t be either. So I hope the below helps; it’s a complex subject and I’d welcome any corrections/clarifications. Much of the below is a distillation of three long papers, which are linked to at the bottom and worth reading.

Background and context

The current NFF is the…

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Things that go bump in the night | Hello Mr Sparrow!

The clocks have gone back, the leaves are turning red, the days are turning colder. Which can only mean it’s time for Halloween, and its persistent rise from children’s fancy-dress festival to corporate money-making extravaganza. But this year is extra special: it’s also the 25th anniversary of the BBC’s Ghostwatch, the now-infamous drama presented as a live broadcast from a haunted house in the suburbs of London.

There’s an excellent long feature in the New Statesman about the significance of the programme, and the many themes it intelligently and presciently wove together – psychological…

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Things that go bump in the night | Hello Mr Sparrow!

The clocks have gone back, the leaves are turning red, the days are turning colder. Which can only mean it’s time for Halloween, and its persistent rise from children’s fancy-dress festival to corporate money-making extravaganza. But this year is extra special: it’s also the 25th anniversary of the BBC’s Ghostwatch, the now-infamous drama presented as a live broadcast from a haunted house in the suburbs of London.

There’s an excellent long feature in the New Statesman about the significance of the programme, and the many themes it intelligently and presciently wove together – psychological…

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The Ten Commandments | Hello Mr Sparrow!

It’s been three years since I first became a school governor, and only now do I feel I’ve probably got sufficient experience and ideas to write a blog. Having tried, and quickly abandoned, a couple of previous attempts, I’d like to keep this one going! I hope it will provide a useful mixture of practical ideas and wider policy explanations. I’ve got no professional link to the education world, and have found the latter is perhaps the requirement with which I’ve struggled the most – but it is a critical part of being on a governing body.

As a primary school governor – and for a school within…

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