Category Archives: Education

Bureaucracy, bureaucracy everywhere.

Readers of my blog will know that I left the Higher Education sector last July to pursue the life of a capitalist oppressor of the proletariat aka become self-employed. Amongst the many reasons I left were a dislike of the … Continue reading

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CRB checks: Won’t someone please think of the adults?

I’ve just undergone my second CRB check in a year. Something I never thought I would have to do as I have great reservations about the ethos, the efficiency and accuracy of the process. To start with, the assumption behind … Continue reading

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Modern English Translated

Perhaps it is because I am a member of the ‘Grumpy Old Men” generation. Perhaps it is because I am reasonably literate. Whatever the reason I find the usage of some modern phrases or words to be incredibly annoying. Most … Continue reading

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6 months of not being a wage slave

I can’t believe how quickly the last 6 months have gone. One day I was a University Lecturer, a Principal one no less, and the next I  wasn’t. Just plain old me. I’d always said that I didn’t define myself … Continue reading

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Hilarious…or sad?

I have no idea if the video clip in the link at the end of this post is a spoof or not. Sadly I suspect it is not. When I was teaching, I frequently came across many students in a … Continue reading

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Elvis has left the building….or why I abandoned teaching.

This week is my last-ever week as an employed person. In a month or so, I’ll have hopefully set up my business and be one of the self-employed grinding the sole of my shoe on the faces of the masses. … Continue reading

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The Three Golden Rules of Teaching

As my formal teaching career draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on some wise words by Tom Hetherington. They were told to me at the start of my teaching career. Tom lectured at Wolverhampton Polytechnic on the Cert Ed … Continue reading

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Competence-based learning

Once upon a time qualifications were gained by studying for a period of time and then sitting an examination. The examination was supposed to test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. If the candidate passed, they were awarded … Continue reading

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HE – the pickle we are in

As we in the H.E. sector all know, universities in the UK are facing up to a very difficult future. During the last Labour Administration there was a desire to widen participation in H.E. to 50% of the population. Whatever … Continue reading

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