Kiran Gill

  • Pupil referral units are amazing places to work

    Exclusions are in the national eye at the moment, but the narrative around pupil referral units is all too negative, says Kiran Gill Conversations about exclusions are all the rage among politicians, but they tend to focus on three groups: parents, pupils and the headteachers accused of pushing vulnerable students out of their schools. So

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Less rhetoric, more funding for schools, please

    The Conservative manifesto talks about governing from the mainstream, but its education policies hardly match the rhetoric, claims Kiran Gill I recently wrote an assessment of Labour’s manifesto policies on education, and one of my marking criteria was on how well the party could shift the “narrative” of education. By narrative, I mean the stories

    17.00 May. 25th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Marking Labour's education manifesto: could do better...

    Labour’s manifesto shows that it wants to do an awful lot in education. But look for specifics and you’ll struggle, says Kiran Gill If the polls are to be believed (even if they are not to be believed) the Labour manifesto is unlikely to be implemented next parliament. So I assessed it against some different

    5.00 May. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Are we heading towards a HExit?

    Six months or six years before qualification? The end of university PGCEs? Kiran Gill sifts through the white paper’s proposals on initial teacher training Speculation and punditry are de rigueur in the run-up to the referendum on Europe. Initial teacher training (ITT) is a less debated topic, so this week, I’m throwing my euro-cent’s worth

    7.00 Jun. 12th, 2016 | Opinion

  • ‘No excuses’ is not a solution for angry teens

    Insisting disadvantage can be fixed with a traditional academic curriculum and a strong dose of discipline is not engaging with the issue. That method did nothing for my sister, and it will do nothing for others like her, says Kiran Gill Last term there was a predictable exam hullabaloo when school GCSE data was published.

    6.00 Feb. 28th, 2016 | Opinion

  • How I had a fight in the name of social justice

    Forget your pedagogical differences: teachers need to speak up about how a reduction of services to alleviate poverty is the real threat to closing the education gap, says Kiran Gill Last weekend I got into a fight. I had spent the day listening to stimulating talks at Michaela Community School in north London and debate was still rumbling

    6.00 Dec. 6th, 2015 | Opinion