'School Report' series 3 - Problems and solutions

Sitting and spitting: the excluded and the truants with nowhere to go

The Guardian, July 10 2000

One good thing about spitting is that it helps to pass the time. It's morning, about nine o'clock, and down on the streets of south London the school buses have dumped their loads, and the playgrounds have gone quiet. Up here, on the top floor of the tower block, the day has started, as it always does, with Karen and Philly and Annie May and the others, sitting slouched on the black-tile floor by...

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The Big Cheat - fixing the figures to please the education secretary

The Guardian, July 11 2000

There were eighteen children in a classroom. All of them had three things in common: they were all studying Macbeth for GCSE English; they had all turned in essays to be assessed as part of their GCSE; and not one of them had written a single word of any of the essays, because their teacher (with a little help from her husband) had spent the weekend writing the whole lot for them.

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Failing schools and failing solutions

The Guardian, July 11 2000

In the bizarre world of Britain's target-driven schools, it is not only teachers who have joined children in cheating to get good results. The Department for Education are in there, too.

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Radical solutions: lessons from Holland

The Guardian, July 12 2000

If Tony Blair can do it, then so can we. Let us think the unthinkable. Repeatedly.

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