The direction of travel Miles Berry Roehampton University
It was the best of times,it was the worst of times. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Becta“My judgment was that we had to prioritisespending on the front line. That has meant thatthose bodies-BECTA and the QCDA, whichwere responsible for spending money not on thefront line, but in an arms length way, asquangos-have had to accept that economies arenecessary.”
Rose“Ministers announced on 7 June 2010 that theGovernment does not intend to proceed with thenew primary curriculum... The Governmentintends to return the National Curriculum to itsintended purpose – a minimum nationalentitlement organised around subject disciplines”
Harnessing Technology“We announced last week that we would recreatethe standards and diversity fund for schools,started by Tony Blair and abandoned under hissuccessor. We are devoting to that fund £50million saved from low-priority IT spending”
"Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girlsnothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plantnothing else, and root out everything else. You can onlyform the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts:nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This isthe principle on which I bring up my own children, andthis is the principle on which I bring up these children.Stick to Facts, sir!"
School Children and Teacher, Washington D.C., 1899. Photographed by Frances BenjaminJohnston. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Div., LOC# LC-USZ62-90603
“The Government is genuinely committed togiving schools greater freedoms. We trustteachers and headteachers to run their schools.We think headteachers know how to run theirschools better than bureaucrats or politicians.”