It is a desperate commentary on English education policy in the late 2010s that a metaphor about leaping from a great height is frequently to be heard as headteachers and governors contemplate the future of their schools.
"At the moment you have tests which are taken at the end of primary school…and one of the many concerns that people have is that that completely narrows teaching during the final year of primary school."
England’s system for deciding struggling schools’ futures, now effectively run in-house and in private by the Department for Education, has serious questions to answer.
Ajai Ahluwalia, a young member, who works for Equinor New Energy Solutions, spoke at Prospect’s Parliamentary launch for its new pamphlet, “Act Now to Re-energise UK Renewables”. Here is an edited transcript of his speech.
A short film for schoolchildren which promotes positive images of young men and women in non-traditional jobs has been produced by the TUC's women’s committee.
Pete Hogg was a Prospect environmental rep at Devonport dockyard and an active member of its environmental working group. Pete was diagnosed with terminal cancer and lost his long battle on 21 October 2017. He wrote this before he died
Why are new schools being opened on temporary sites, sometimes before planning permission for their permanent homes has been given, and with the prospect of years of uncertainty over their long-term location?
Leona Atkins, accessibility and disability network chair at the Met Office, overcame her fears and delivered a speech at this year’s TUC disabled workers’ conference about why train ticket machines are discriminatory.