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« Reply #420 on: August 21, 2020, 06:50:58 AM »
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« Reply #421 on: August 21, 2020, 06:52:52 AM »
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for all in tents and purposes...  0:)
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« Reply #422 on: August 21, 2020, 07:08:12 AM »
Onslow Bouquet has about as much charisma

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« Reply #423 on: August 21, 2020, 07:15:52 AM »
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He's the most un-leader like leader I can ever recall us having.

It still seems odd seeing the Daily Wail turn on their own, but hardly ever seeing it I may be out of touch.

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« Reply #424 on: August 21, 2020, 07:19:04 AM »
for all in tents and purposes...  0:)

Hehe.

(At the risk of repeating myself ..)

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« Reply #425 on: August 22, 2020, 05:26:22 AM »
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It just maybe what wins him elections.
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« Reply #426 on: August 22, 2020, 05:29:34 AM »
He's the most un-leader like leader I can ever recall us having.

It still seems odd seeing the Daily Wail turn on their own, but hardly ever seeing it I may be out of touch.

They will change their tune six months before an election - trust me (I'm a reader :)).
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« Reply #427 on: August 22, 2020, 05:33:23 AM »
for all in tents and purposes...  0:)

 ;D
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« Reply #428 on: August 22, 2020, 07:10:00 PM »
Deloitte gets another huge COVID contract – for ‘crazy’ plan to test millions each day

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/deloitte-gets-another-huge-covid-contract-for-crazy-plan-to-test-millions-each-day/


(Not at all sure what to make of this, which may be fake news)
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« Reply #429 on: August 23, 2020, 09:46:01 PM »
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It's interesting that the right wing Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph have been critical of Johnson. I sometimes read the Mail and like the articles by Max Hastings but my daughter gets furious with me if she sees a copy of the Daily Mail in the house. Yet another thing I'm in trouble for.   ::)
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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« Reply #430 on: August 24, 2020, 12:16:45 AM »
It's interesting that the right wing Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph have been critical of Johnson. I sometimes read the Mail and like the articles by Max Hastings but my daughter gets furious with me if she sees a copy of the Daily Mail in the house. Yet another thing I'm in trouble for.   ::)

. Look at this from the Telegraph

https://milled.com/telegraph-travel/a-catastrophic-economic-doom-loop-H5B0jkUyPK_Xkkk1
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Dear reader,

Following the series of fiascos over the past few weeks and months, Philip Johnston asks how long this Government will be able to survive the “stench of incompetence”. Voters will forgive many things, but not the exam results debacle, he argues. Don’t miss his column.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/08/19/britain-sucked-catastrophic-economic-doom-loop/
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Britain is about to be sucked into a catastrophic economic doom loop
Huge state spending is set to trap the UK in a vicious circle of higher taxes and permanently lower growth


BJ has done his job, he’s made Brexit happen. He’s dispensable now. The knives are out, Gove will be waiting in the wings to take his job.
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« Reply #431 on: August 26, 2020, 05:38:00 AM »
I do wish the old boy was a bit more ... Longshankian:

" The Battle of Crécy was fought on 26 August 1346 in north-east France during the Hundred Years' War. It resulted in a victory for a greatly outnumbered English army led by King Edward III over the French led by King Philip VI and heavy loss of life among the French.  "

It's not too late to take Calais back ...
The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal

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« Reply #432 on: August 26, 2020, 08:41:39 AM »
Johnson, of course, is nowhere to be seen during the current A Level Results Fiasco. And it is a big fiasco.
How does that normally work in the UK and how are they adjusting it now?  From what I understand, it's a series of tests that students need to take to get into a university?  Are they all taken at the end of their final year of school?  And do you need to take them in all subjects?  Or just certain ones (that you want to study at uni)?

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« Reply #433 on: August 26, 2020, 12:53:54 PM »
How does that normally work in the UK and how are they adjusting it now?  From what I understand, it's a series of tests that students need to take to get into a university?  Are they all taken at the end of their final year of school?  And do you need to take them in all subjects?  Or just certain ones (that you want to study at uni)?

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They are taken at the end of the academic year (Year 13 here) when the students are c.18 and they act as a university or Higher Education entrance exam. After age 16 (GCSE exams) school pupils here specialise in just three or maybe four subjects. It's not like the International Baccalaureate where you continue with a wider range of subjects, although some school here do IB or Pre-U instead of A Levels. I teach Pre-U History of Art and for many decades taught A Level History.
They (the govt.) made a terrible mess of it by basing the estimated grade on how well the school did in the past! Crazy as it discriminated, for example, against high achieving students at poorly performing schools. For example, a clearly very bright girl who had a place at veterinary college depending on her results of As or Bs was awarded C and D grades. She said that her life had been ruined. As a result of this kind of thing the govt. had to perform a U-turn and instead of relying on an estimated grade through an algorithm it decided, as it should have done in the first place, to use the teacher's estimated grade. As a result of this the results will be slightly higher than usual as teachers will tend to give their students the benefit of the doubt when predicting grades. However, no one's life will be 'ruined' by this. They don't trust the teachers and, in this country (England) decisions are made about education by politicians who have no experience of teaching or education and just want to advance their political careers.
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"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #434 on: August 27, 2020, 02:59:00 AM »
They are taken at the end of the academic year (Year 13 here) when the students are c.18 and they act as a university or Higher Education entrance exam. After age 16 (GCSE exams) school pupils here specialise in just three or maybe four subjects. It's not like the International Baccalaureate where you continue with a wider range of subjects, although some school here do IB or Pre-U instead of A Levels. I teach Pre-U History of Art and for many decades taught A Level History.
They (the govt.) made a terrible mess of it by basing the estimated grade on how well the school did in the past! Crazy as it discriminated, for example, against high achieving students at poorly performing schools. For example, a clearly very bright girl who had a place at veterinary college depending on her results of As or Bs was awarded C and D grades. She said that her life had been ruined. As a result of this kind of thing the govt. had to perform a U-turn and instead of relying on an estimated grade through an algorithm it decided, as it should have done in the first place, to use the teacher's estimated grade. As a result of this the results will be slightly higher than usual as teachers will tend to give their students the benefit of the doubt when predicting grades. However, no one's life will be 'ruined' by this. They don't trust the teachers and, in this country (England) decisions are made about education by politicians who have no experience of teaching or education and just want to advance their political careers.
Thanks Jeffrey!

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« Reply #435 on: August 27, 2020, 07:42:45 AM »
Thanks Jeffrey!

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My pleasure PD.
I'm back at school tomorrow  :o ??? ::)
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #436 on: August 27, 2020, 08:13:48 AM »
My pleasure PD.
I'm back at school tomorrow  :o ??? ::)
I meant to ask you about that.  Do you know what precautions will be put in place and what new rules you'll be asked to follow?

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« Reply #437 on: August 27, 2020, 08:26:48 AM »
I meant to ask you about that.  Do you know what precautions will be put in place and what new rules you'll be asked to follow?

PD

Sure, although the government's guidelines change every 5 minutes.
The Design and Technology Dept have made us all visors and we must wear face coverings ( I have one made by the Textiles dept.) when in the corridors or communal areas but not in the classrooms (otherwise my students would have no idea what I was taking about). Also, we must follow the one-way system in the school and all meetings must be attended online in a classroom (I could do this from home). Tomorrow is an Inset/Training day.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

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« Reply #438 on: August 27, 2020, 08:45:39 AM »
Sure, although the government's guidelines change every 5 minutes.
The Design and Technology Dept have made us all visors and we must wear face coverings ( I have one made by the Textiles dept.) when in the corridors or communal areas but not in the classrooms (otherwise my students would have no idea what I was taking about). Also, we must follow the one-way system in the school and all meetings must be attended online in a classroom (I could do this from home). Tomorrow is an Inset/Training day.
Are there the same number of students in classes (wondering if they're spacing the desks further apart)?

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« Reply #439 on: August 27, 2020, 08:18:20 PM »
Are there the same number of students in classes (wondering if they're spacing the desks further apart)?
I don't know yet but I gather that the desks have been spaced out. I've received so many emails from the school containing instructions of one kind or another that I feel fairly spaced out myself!
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).