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Ministers are floundering into exam chaos: but it’s candidates who’ll suffer

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On 30th September I published a piece on Voice of the North about next year’s (summer 2021) public exams. I predicted that, notwithstanding their...

A level meltdown exposes the malaise at the heart of government,...

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The A level results fiasco is a disgrace. Yet it’s merely the latest manifestation of this government’s universal ineptness.  Reflecting the PM’s fondness for...

Allowing disappointed candidates to cite mock exams to appeal their results?...

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It’s nice to be proved right: but former headteacher Bernard Trafford would have preferred to be proved wrong about the A level results fiasco....

Learning to live with contradictions

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It’s a topsy-turvy world nowadays. While our end of the continent is dominated by Brexit travails, everywhere else I look - near and far,...

UK politics: touching the void?

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I’m not a mountaineering enthusiast, nor a fan of books or movies about it. But I've always been struck by the power of the...

JAM yesterday, JAM tomorrow: never JAM today.

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As Lewis Carroll’s Red Queen explains to Alice, in Through the Looking Glass, you can have jam every other day: jam yesterday, and jam tomorrow; but never jam today. Ahead...

Raising positive voices

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My good friend and fellow blogger Keith Hann observed in a Tweet the other day that my last full blog for Voice of the...

U-turn, climbdown or sensible decision?

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When the Murdoch press screams headlines such as BBC stars keep pay deals secret after government climbdown or The Sun refers in its usual...