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Pupil behaviour: Inclusion or exclusion units – naughty or troubled?

Around the country, schools-within-schools, educate or guard the challenged and challenging. Sometimes they’re called ‘inclusion units’, sometimes ‘exclusion units’, sometimes more zappily ‘learning zones’. In one school I knew (let’s call it Oakwood), it was across the road, staffed by teachers considered hard-core enough to manage the toughest of the tough. I’ve often discussed with …

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Social cohesion: Can and should schools do more?

This morning’s Schools Week highlights Shadow Secretary of State, Angela Rayner’s speech to the Labour party conference in which she railed against “segregation, segregation, segregation”. But the focus of last night’s ship debate, #LKMco16, was on“cohesion, cohesion, cohesion” – as we asked whether schools can (and should) make society more cohesive. We were joined by four outstandng panelists …

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Grammar schools: the government can still retreat with dignity

Yesterday was a tough day for the government’s potentially catastrophic grammar school plan. The Education Policy Institute published a damning report systematically trashing any evidence that grammar schools would benefit disadvantaged pupils. The government faced its first ministerial resignation and it was linked to grammars. Tory media-stalwart, The Times came out against grammar schools, cutting to the heart …

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