1. The Sealed Tomb During a recent sailing holiday on the Norfolk Broads with his wife Cynthia, John McDonnell read Aristotle’s Politics. Once determined to overthrow capitalism and destabilise the British state – he said in 2006 that his “most significant intellectual” influences were the “fundamental Marxist writers of Marx, Lenin and Trotsky, basically” – the Labour shadow chancellor is preparing pragmatically for power, organising meetings in the City of London and reaching out across ideological divides. He says his door is now “open” to Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents and antagonists inside the demoralised parliamentary party. And even when he is relaxing, the so-called hard man of the left, who is an autodidact, does not relax: he reads compulsively and works on briefing papers, tactics and strategy. After Corbyn astounded even himself and his closest allies by winning the leadership in 2015, most of those who gathered in … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightWho is the real John McDonnell?
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As I shuffled down the corridor of my local grammar school to sit my 11-plus, all I could think about was how I was missing my auntie’s wedding day to take the test. I stared down at the countless symbols and numbers on the exam paper that was supposed to determine my future and knew, as a working class student without an inherent talent in maths, or money from my parents for extra tutoring, that the odds were stacked against me. Figures for pupils like me facing the 11-plus are bleak, as 70 per cent of children in England who are tutored secure a place in a grammar school, compared with just 14 per cent of those who had no extra help. Furthermore, 12 per cent of grammar students were privately educated in the last year of primary school. Despite all this, I wish that I could tell my 11-year-old self that failing that entry test would not be a reflection on my later achievements – and that this archaic, elitist system of selective education does not have to seal your fate. … [Read more...] about ‘As a working class student who tried and failed to navigate the grammar school system, let me tell you something’
PUBLISHED: 16:35 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:35 27 August 2013 Sam Tonkin From left, Amelia Crisp, Victoria Rodríguez, Daisy Morris and Megan Stiles. Archant A QUARTER of grades awarded to Newport Free Grammar School students were either A*s or As for the second year in a row. Grades in the benchmark English Baccalaureate rose again to remain well above national figures, reflecting what headteacher Gordon Farquar said was a “strong and rigorous academic curriculum” at the Academy. On the key measure of GCSE achievement, 67 per cent of students gained at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths. Controversy surrounding English results was a thing of the past as 80 per cent of the students who entered English Language achieved an A*-C grade. This brought the English performance, which last year saw only 66pc of students achieving an A*-C grade, up to match that of Mathematics. Excellence in other subject areas included Art, where a third of students … [Read more...] about GCSE results: Quarter of grades awarded at Newport either A*s or As
GRAMMAR school pupils are unlikely to achieve more academically by the age of 14 than those who do not attend the selective schools, a study has suggested.Researchers also said attending a grammar school had no positive impact on a teenager's self-esteem or their aspirations for the future.The study, by the UCL Institute of Education, comes weeks after the UK government announced controversial plans to pump £50 million into creating more places at grammar schools.Those who led the research say the results indicate the cash should be directed elsewhere.Professor John Jerrim, lead author of the study, said: "Our findings suggest that the money the government is planning to spend on grammar school expansion is unlikely to bring benefits for young people."Even those children who are likely to fill these new places are unlikely to be happier, more engaged at school or have higher levels of academic achievement by the end of Year 9."Co-author Sam Sims added: "Schools across the country … [Read more...] about Grammar school expansion fund will not improve children’s outcomes, study says
The history of Grimsby and Cleethorpes appears to be rotting away before our eyes. In a special report, we show 19 of the town's once grandest buildings that are slowly deteriorating. While two are set to have a new future, something must be done to address the decline of the rest: Eleanor Street former education offices (left), Technical College and Art School THE former Grimsby Municipal College (Wintringham Grammar School) and later Technical school, art college and local education authority building, now lies derelict. Prolific local architect Herbert C Scaping designed the Grade II listed building, which displays his trademark cupola on the roof was built by Grimsby builders Hewins and Goodhand. The prestigious academy opened on Thursday, October 24, 1895 and was the local school board's flagship institution. It boasted a swimming bath, chemistry laboratory and a lecture theatre. The plumbing in the laboratory and swimming bath was entrusted to local plumbers James Duke. The … [Read more...] about 19 of Grimsby’s oldest buildings whose future MUST be saved