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How far have we come in 2012?

December 14, 2012

I asked John Abbott about our year at the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Lots of changes, as you have seen. We also unearthed this wonderful video, made for Education 2000  – the precursor to the initiative. listen to ‘How far have we come in 2012?’ on Audioboo This video was created after a CBI conference […]

Escaping the exam factory

December 10, 2012

Some 25 years ago John Abbott addressed the Confederation of British Industry conference on why learning is so much more than just schooling. This year’s CBI conference touched on the same topic. Here is coverage of this year’s conference by the Guardian’s Peter Walker: Business leaders criticise slipping standards of ‘exam factory’ schools And here is […]

On the evidence of three men (plus one)

December 3, 2009

Fit to trade The latest report from Ofsted will no doubt be quoted, selectively, by government as an endorsement of its policies.  There has been a sustained four-year increase in schools rated good or outstanding, writes Christine Gilbert the Head of Ofsted, but that could be speeded up if ‘dull’ lessons were eradicated. But three […]

The Confederation of British Industry Speech

Confederation of British Industry (CBI) National Conference 2nd November 1987 Presentation on Education 2000 by John Abbott, Director of the Trust, and interdiction by Brian Corby, Chief Executive of The Prudential Corporation. Young people are a Nation’s most precious resource. On the quality of their education our future – our pensions if you like – […]

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