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Author: Mark Lehain

  • Parents and Teachers for Excellence
    Open Letter Regarding SATs

    Assessment is a vital part of the school system, and it is right its implementation is debated. However, Labour’s pledge to scrap SATs without any idea of a replacement could…

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  • The benefits of Academies and Free Schools
    Porn, Pythagoras and Poetry – What Should Schools Teach?

    Our Director Mark has written this blog: At PTE we keep a list of calls from others for schools to teach something, and last year the most common call was to do…

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  • Why schools need effective behaviour policies
    Exclusions Make Our Schools More Inclusive

    Our Director Mark Lehain has written this blog: Yesterday I had my attention drawn to a newly-released Ofsted inspection report. It was glowing about the school in question, and a…

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  • Return to Brenzett

    Our Director Mark Lehain has written this trip report… Last week I had the pleasure of a second visit to Brenzett Primary School.   In the middle of Romney Marsh,…

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  • Angry mob
    A plea for politeness

    Back in March I wrote on this site about school shaming, and sadly it is a topic that I feel the need to return to again now. I was recently interviewed…

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  • Parents and Teachers for Excellence
    Why we’re focusing on the History of Knowledge

    Our Director Mark Lehain has written this blog to explain the thinking behind our new project… I’ve always been a believer in the great British holiday. The wonders of the…

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  • Parents and Teachers for Excellence
    The shame of school shaming

    If you had to pick one, which of these schools would you say was worthier of criticism and public opprobrium? This one? A large number of pupils told inspectors that……

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  • The benefits of Academies and Free Schools
    Reflections Of An Ex-Principal

    Four-and-a-half months ago I left the Principal’s office at Bedford Free School for the last time. I took with me two carrier bags’ worth of stuff and an awful lot…

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