Blogs

Press Release: The NHS Five Year Forward View

John Craig
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 6:18pm

Simon Stevens’ plan for the NHS, published this week, is clear, but is it sufficiently bold? The report recognises that incremental improvement is not enough for the NHS. The question is whether it conveys to patients and staff just how much change is needed, and does enough to ignite that change. If it does, the plan’s new emphasis on internationalism and radicalism is here to stay.

Competition in the NHS is controversial. But for too long, the NHS has fostered competition between institutions, and sidelined competition between ideas. Today’s challenges mean this must change....

Press Release: Unleashing Metro Growth should be a source of innovation in public services

Site Manager
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 2:25pm

The City Growth Commission report Unleashing Metro Growth, published today, raises some interesting questions and sets out some practical solutions for driving growth at city level. But it misses a critical opportunity to radically reshape how our cities can thrive. The real potential of devolution for growth lies not just in the creation of new, more localised governance structures but in the empowerment of citizens and those using local services. Only by using...

I am a 5b: Keeping Rigour but Removing Judgements using REAL Projects.

Site Manager
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 10:01am

Blog by Joe Pardoe, humanities teacher at School 21, Newham

What do we actually mean when we say ‘rigour’?

When I first started to develop REAL projects in my classroom a big concern of mine was rigour. I started to ask myself the question, what is rigour? Traditionally the sign of learning in a lesson would be the amount of work produced. If students produced a lot, it was seen as a visible sign of hard work in a particular lesson. However, what about the conversations the students were having? Isn’t working through a range of ideas to come up...