The cost of educational underachievement

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Are extra-curricular activities important?

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No more Trojan Horses

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Hey you! The importance of teachers getting the pupils’ name right

I was once a pupil in a British school. This was in the days when the teaching profession was just getting started to comprehend the multicultural dimension of their work. Alongside incidences of racial abuse from White children. I and many of my minority peers experienced abuse of a different kind; from our teachers. This centred on how our names were pronounced. I particularly recall one...

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Is it important to have teachers from the same ethnic background as the pupils?

Is it important to have teachers from the same background as the pupils? Following the recent decision to throw out the Trojan Horse case, I posted a link, on Facebook, to an article I had published on responsive education (for Pakistani children). In the article I wrote about the importance of employing a diverse teaching workforce; one that reflects the ethnic make up of the pupils. Upon...

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Parallel worlds in Moseley; in response to The Casey Review – into opportunity and integration

Extract from ‘Dear Birmingham’ by Karamat Iqbal After a year’s break, I decided to have another go at stewarding at the Moseley Folk festival. Where else can you be useful to your community, meet friends and neighbours and experience some excellent music as a part of the bargain? And all this for free when you are a steward. Not bad at all! By Sunday, I had done my two shifts of duty so I...

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