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Best for my Child

Everyone’s Children Some years ago I wrote a short Paper on the relationship of education to democracy.  It read: “To send your child to the local school, or decide to go private, is a question that splits families apart.  It raises a fundamental question – is education primarily for private gain, or for the public […]

A Briefing Paper for Parliamentarians on the Design Faults at the Heart of English Education

With a General Election in England to be held sometime before June 2010 the Initiative has just produced A Briefing Paper for Parliamentarians on the Design Faults at the Heart of English Education. This will be circulated for all Members, hopefully before the Summer Recess. At the same time the Initiative will do everything it can to stimulate wide popular discussion of the Ten Actions as set out in the Paper by encouraging all Parliamentary candidates to consider the significance of these issues.

The Child is Father of the Man: How humans learn and why

Published in 1999 by Network Educational Press. Available at Amazon. Review of John Abott’s The Child is the Father of the Man by Gerald Haigh of The Times Educational Supplement (4 Feb., 2000). (c) Times Supplements Limited “Politicians and industrialists listened to Abbott’s plea for less emphasis on schools and teaching and more on community and […]

Policy Paper

The Initiative’s Policy Paper from November 1998 is the most detailed description of our work and is necessary reading for anyone interested the ideas and research accumulated by the Initiative. The document is available as a PDF file.

Upside Down and Inside Out: Why good schools alone can never be good enough to meet the need for community and economic regeneration in the 21st century

Most school reform in Britain, as in America, has had limited impact because it simply assumed that learning and schooling were synonymous; schools have falsely been seen as being independent of the larger socio-economic structures of which they are an intrinsic part.

In Defense of Genius

Annual Lecture to the Arts Council of England, 8 February 1996 Dean Clough is the ideal starting point for my lecture. Its success is the reason I was invited to join the Arts Council as a member in 1991 and then to Chair the newly formed Regional Arts Board for Yorkshire and Humberside. Dean Clough […]

Submission to RTZ for financial support for Education 2000

To fund the Initiative applications had to be written to a variety of sponsors

1981 Letter from the Headmaster to the Times Editor

  Alleyne’s School Stevenage Hertfordshire SG1 3BE From The Headmaster 15th October 1981.   ‘Letters to the Editor’, The Times, P. O. Box 7, 200 Grays Inn Road, London  WC1K SEK.   Dear Sir, Sir William van Straubenzee recently warned the new Secretary of State for Education ‘that cuts in education had not just cut […]

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