It is the start of the new school year, and surprisingly the sun isn’t always shining! Since I moved to Cornwall just over a year ago, everyone has told me that it rains in August, but the weather is good in September. In fact, my experience as a teacher has taught me that nearly everywhere the sun starts shining as soon as school re-starts.
I awoke with great anticipation on Sunday morning. I was out of bed and had the coffee made in plenty of time. Just after 8.30am I sat down to watch Andy Murray in the Australian Open final. He had had a very promising two weeks and looked back to his form of a year or two ago.
In that fantastic movie Bladerunner, the main character Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is tasked with finding replicants – basically robots which look like humans – amongst the population and destroying them. However, in this postmodern sci-fi fantasy the replicants have become so close to humans in appearance and behaviour that it is almost impossible to tell the real from the unreal.
In my first few weeks at Truro High School I have been reflecting on public examinations and their place within our education system. As we have celebrated the successes of our young women in GCSEs and A Levels over recent weeks there has been much media coverage, almost exclusively positive, of the halt to grade inflation.