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Peter's Blog

You will find the main news and comment articles on the front page of the website here. This page contains secondary or local news items and thoughts.

Saturday, 17 March 2012 12:54

11 Plus Exams

Written by Peter Read

I am repeatedly asked why any mention of me is banned from the commercial 11 plus exams website, except by indirect reference to "he who must not be named". The ban includes asterisking out any reference to me or this website, or simply censoring entries by deleting them. Sadly, as any such reference is almost certainly providing information or advice gleaned from , the website, ostensibly set up to provide information, is depriving its browsers of this.

The reason is quite simple......

Last modified on Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:59

Potential Crisis in Headteacher Numbers

Written by Peter Read
 I was on Radio Kent this morning, talking about a recently published a Report by KCC on a potential crisis in numbers of headteachers coming through the system and in post. It also looks at teacher recruitment and retention. Currently 49 Kent Schools do not have a headteacher, 20 of which have an Acting Headteacher. Many of the others,.....

Last modified on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:22
Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:17

Medway Council - 'Serving You@

Written by Peter Read

The disgraceful saga of Medway Council's attempts to hush up the scandal of the Medway Tests debacle continues. The tale up to now is told below and in various articles on the News Pages of this website. It is my belief that Medway Council is trying to hush up a number of unpalatable facts about its appalling management of the scandal. As a result,.......

Last modified on Monday, 13 February 2012 00:09

I would be grateful for any advice on what to do about Medway Council on the following issue, from the 200 readers a day currently visiting this site. 

However, by a remarkable coincidence, within 19 hours of my publishing this article, Medway Council responded 43 working days after my   Freedom of Information request, just a month after the legal deadline of 20 days to reply, rejecting my request. See bottom of page for more.



I remain very concerned about the Medway Test shambles, which the Council appears to be trying to bury, hoping that everyone will forget about it, although its ludicrous claim that no children were disadvantaged by the problems stands as a  PR disaster, in that it angered so many parents, who would otherwise have just written the matter off to incompetence. I hear that the Local Government Ombudsman is preparing a draft report which, if it is subsequently published, should shed further light on the mystery of why Council officers and members made so many public statements that proved wrong.

My problem is that, in trying to understand further what went wrong, ...........

Last modified on Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:17
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:33

Skinner's School Appeals 2011

Written by Peter Read

I am getting reports about disorganisation at Skinners School over their appeal arrangements. The paperwork sent out to parents unbelievably is that used for 2010 entry, complete with 2010 data, identical in every respect except one important one. one.  As a result....

Last modified on Thursday, 28 April 2011 23:49
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