Rescue Our Schools

Very important event this Wednesday – Children and Parents Parliamentary briefing. Please join us

Layla Moran, John McDonnell and Caroline Lucas are among a cross-party panel of MPs hosting a Parliamentary briefing-with-a-difference on 10 Oct, 2018. At the event, children will come from all over England to tell and sing their stories… Read More

Parents, our children are in the hands of careless money-makers and political agendas. Isn’t it time we demand change?

This week you’ll find my blog takes quite a personally political journey. My politics are very left leaning but I am also very angry with this current government as I witness the impact of their policies furthering the… Read More

Did you go to great lengths to get your child into a school?

A national newspaper is looking for parents who would be willing to talk to them anonymously about the lengths they have had to go to in order to secure the school place they wanted: e.g. move to another… Read More

Damian, we do not agree with you

Sometimes, education ministers say things that make you wonder more about their own experience of education than their understanding of the issues they are responsible for. Damian Hinds, the Secretary of State for Education, has attempted to defend… Read More

State or Independent Education? If you can make this choice, the state sector needs you!

I didn’t go back to school this week. After twelve years of returning from the six-week summer break to inset days and Learning-to-Learn days, this lack of attendance marks the start of a new era for me. I… Read More

Parental choice: the schools all look the same so do we simply get to choose our favourite colour blazer?

I am going to hazard a guess: I think a lot of parents heard the Conservative manifesto about the Big Society and the free school movement in 2010 and, quite understandably,  thought to themselves: ‘What a great idea!… Read More

Exam Factories: I don’t judge my child by set criteria and targets. Should I let anyone else?

‘Miss, don’t worry. I’ve already been told I won’t get English or Maths so I don’t have a future.’ These words were said to me two years ago. This was a year 11 boy who had ADHD. I… Read More

That’s the way to do it..united against more testing..John Swinney warned to scrap primary one tests or face boycott

Simon Johnson, scottish political editor writes on 15 AUGUST 2018 John Swinney has been presented with an ultimatum of scrapping the SNP’s controversial primary one tests or facing a mass boycott. Upstart Scotland, a literacy charity, is distributing… Read More

The Learning Burden: Why the ‘L’ word has become a thorny issue in our household.

I am a terrible eavesdropper. I have to warn you. Two weeks ago, I referred to an overheard conversation in the queue of JD Sports, and this week I want to start with a conversation my wagging ears… Read More

Silence in the corridor! Is this really the way to create the emotionally intelligent problem solvers of the future?

I didn’t enjoy school. I found it a stressful, threatening environment. Every weekday morning, I woke to a lurch in my stomach. I only came into my own during the sixth-form, but even so, a memory comes to… Read More

What is creativity? Can we teach it? and Why does it even matter?

Emily Gopaul is an artist, author and art educator and will be writing for Rescue Our Schools on the subject of creativity and the visual arts in schools. Look out for her blog, Teacher Voice, on our website… Read More

A Parent’s Dilemma: The Fork or the Sunbeam. How do we protect our children’s happiness in the current assessment culture?

‘I didn’t turn up, fam. Didn’t do it…sixth time I haven’t done it.’ I overheard this while queuing in my local JD Sport – a recent habit demanded of my parental status. I’d guess the speaker was nineteen-years-old…. Read More