As the New Year dawns, Janus-headed Labour Teachers is looking forward to a year of intense focus on education and schools, but let’s take some time to look back on the five most popular posts from our first year on the web:
1. David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, takes on Oxford and Cambridge after using FoI requests to discover that they are spending thousands of pounds to run access events at leading public schools whilst blaming state schools for their access problems. Read it again here.
2. Rob Pepper, Labour teacher and NUT rep, explains why he took strike action on June 30 against the government’s proposed pension changes. You may also have seen Rob defending teachers against Kelvin McKenzie’s inane arguments on This Morning (sadly no longer available online!).
3. John Blake, chair of Labour Teachers, objects to claims that Ed Miliband has “betrayed” the labour movement.
4. Graeme Smith, an Assistant Headteacher from Nottinghamshire, takes on Michael Gove over his failure to accept the individual nature of pupils.
5. The final top post is on an issue which will come in for plenty of discussion in the coming year: the history curriculum in schools – have a read about why Niall Ferguson is wrong.
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