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What if SATs were used to educate children?

This week, to an unsurprisingly tumultuous reception at the NEU conference, Jeremy Corbyn announced that a Labour government would scrap SATs and the new reception baseline tests.  Mr Corbyn, as is his want, didn’t have an alternative to announce, just vague comments about a more “flexible and practical” primary assessment structure. I thought I’d propose… Read More »

Will Streets – War Poet

My final story of men with links to Sheffield is about John William Streets – one of the lesser know War Poets. William – or Will as he was better known – was born in 1886 in Whitwell in North Derbyshire, the eldest of 12 children.  He was academically and artistically gifted and in a… Read More »

William Barnsley Allen VC MC DCM

In my fourth of five posts looking at men with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the First World War, I look at William Barnsley Allen – a VC winner, doctor and almost certainly a PTSD sufferer. William was born in 1892 in Ecclesall, Sheffield.  He attended St Cuthberts College – now Worksop College… Read More »

Arnold Loosemore VC DCM

Today the third of five posts telling a brief story of a man with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the carnage of the First World War as we approach the 100th anniversary of its end. Today, Arnold Loosemore, a VC winner who was treated shoddily by an ungrateful government. Arnold was born in 1896… Read More »

Vivian Sumner Simpson

Today the second of five posts telling a brief story of a man with links to Sheffield and their experiences of the carnage of the First World War as we approach the 100th anniversary of its end. Today, Vivian Sumner Simpson who played football for Sheffield FC and for Sheffield Wednesday. Vivian was born in… Read More »

Jimmy Revill

This is the first of 5 mini-stories of men with connections to Sheffield who fought in the First World War. Today the story of Jimmy Revill – the only Sheffield United player killed on the Western Front. Jimmy Revill was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire on 14th June 1891.  He was a good footballer and was… Read More »

100 years since the end of World War 1

I know that my blog is mainly aimed at mathematics but each year for the last 15 or so years I’ve lead the remembrance day assemblies at my school.  My interest in this conflict is due to my Grandad serving on the Somme and his brother unfortunately losing his life there.  I’ve many many trips… Read More »