It's worth remembering that fairy tales were not originally thought of as children's stories.
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Tuesday 03 November 2009
A boycott of administering SATs for 11-year-olds by school heads would effectively "stop them in their tracks", the leader of the country's largest headteachers' organisation said yesterday.
Friday 30 October 2009
Fantastic Mr Fox, Wes Anderson, 87 mins, (PG)<br/>Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, Paul Weitz, 103 mins, (12A)
Sunday 25 October 2009
Thursday 08 October 2009
So, Ed Balls is rethinking his plans to turn 11 million Britons into paedophile suspects: not much of a surprise, given the near-universal derision that greeted it. The plan may need "adjustments", he says, which we can take as code for a total retreat: yet another crack-brained New Labour notion is about to bite the dust – and so it should. The Vetting and Barring Scheme requires everyone having regular contact with children, in any context outside a family one, to be approved by the Government after registering on a state-run database.
Tuesday 15 September 2009
Saturday 12 September 2009
Friday 07 August 2009
Tuesday 04 August 2009
Monday 20 July 2009
Saturday 18 July 2009
Friday 17 July 2009
It is not surprising that Philip Pullman and other authors are enraged at having to pay £64 for a licence to introduce schoolchildren to literature. The way the Government has gone about this is just another in the long line of examples of reaching for a database to solve a problem when this could easily do more harm then good. These databases are presented as being for the convenience of the citizen, when the overwhelming driver is the convenience of the state.
Friday 17 July 2009
Thursday 16 July 2009
A group of respected British children's authors and illustrators will stop visiting schools from the start of the next academic year, in protest at a new government scheme that requires them to register on a database in case they pose a danger to children.
Sunday 31 May 2009
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
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