Articles by Francis Verity

My last job was as a tutor for OOL. I taught on courses providing professional training for school support staff, as well as A level English Literature and English Literature GCSE. Prior to that, I worked in schools, colleges, adult education and the Arts, including a period as a local authority inspector. I'm going to make myself busy trying to keep you up to date with different aspects of education news – and also to keep you interested.

The Spirit of Adventure in Speed

It’s 4,500 miles from New York to Los Angeles, but whilst in 1903 it took a fast car 63 days to travel this distance, the current record time is just over 28 hours.


Cathedrals at Risk?

Cathedrals are a permanent part of the very fabric of the nation.


Open your mind to new possibilities

The World’s your Oyster

Distance learning, whether it be more domestic or expansive, can see that young minds are liberated, that creativity and spontaneity are encouraged, and unorthodox skills and knowledge are valued.


Does this sound right to you?

The thought is that the experts have got 15 years to digitise the oldest sound recordings before they become impossible to work with.


Rugby World Cup: Is Form a Guide to Success?

The All Blacks never dropped rank below no.3 and have been described as the most successful sports team of all time.


Do Community Schools Work?

Community schools have reduced rural isolation and urban deprivation and opened up their facilities to the local population.


How do we Improve Schools?

If HMI combine their particular expertise with Ofsted’s reach and capacity, wouldn’t that make the best possible combination, a real ‘winning team’?


Do we want an “Education-Lite” Election?

Don’t we need some politicians, at governor and county council level, for instance?


Was Al Pacino right about small screens?

It may be that the full effect of either a close up, or of a screen-filling vista will be lost on a small screen. So the experience that a film sets out to convey can’t be achieved.


Women and Education

Only 10% of science professors are women; 20% of judges; internationally, there are probably fewer heads of state than you might think. You catch my drift…


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