Year 11 start mock exams in a week’s time. In late February it’s the turn of the Lower and Upper Sixth. We devote a lot of time to preparation, sitting, marking and reviewing mock exams yet they are quickly dismissed as simply a practice run when there’s really much more to them that that.
Lunchtime in School House on the first day back at School. “Are we going running today, Sir?” Much discussion about the rain-lashed windows ensues amongst the Year 11 I am dining with. The consensus is that this is perfect running weather and that any attempt to cancel it would be met with disbelief and disappointment.
Good for the Tatler. The original gossip magazine has found new voice as an educational authority. According to its latest educational edition, state schools are in fashion because they teach children to “fight for their position in life” and because private schools are too expensive.
Perhaps the only thing that was surprising about Saturday’s news headlines of Lord Ashdown’s report that “Voters’ Trust in Society is Collapsing” (Times, 3.1.14), is that it made headlines. However, for a serious politician such as Lord Ashdown (former SBS officer, Royal Marine, cabinet minister, MEP and key figure in Bosnia-Serbia peace talks) to make such a bold statement suggests we are really in trouble so that we all need to sit up and take notice.