Opinion: Back to the chalkboard

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In a fast-changing world there is nothing wrong with changing the way our children are taught in school, and the subjects they are taught need to reflect the relevance not only of today but also of tomorrow.

Education Secretary Michael Gove is seen as a reforming zealot and is shaking the teaching world by the shoulders with one reform after another. That may all be well and good and schools should not be allowed to become complacent seats of learning. However, he is in danger of messing with our future generation of leaders by introducing too many changes all at the same time without giving schools enough time to prepare. 
It is a big ask to expect teachers to prepare new teaching plans in time for the next academic year while still teaching what they have to do this year – at the same time as introducing a radical change in the national exams as well. There also appears little new in the teaching curriculum – instead, a return to the old ways and teaching methods. Our schools and academy leaders appear lukewarm with his proposals – we tend to agree.

brewing up a winner

The success story that is Barnsley’s Acorn Brewery has reached its 10th birthday, which gives cause to celebrate. The brewery has won more than 50 awards and built an international reputation during a memorable decade. And bosses are not resting on their laurels. There are plans for more new-style brews and investment in new equipment. No wonder it has gone from a starting point of one employee to a £1.4m-a-year turnover and 12 staff. As the saying goes, from small acorns, mighty oaks grow.

lucky lad

What an extraordinary tale of bravery we tell on the front page today of John Andrew saving an 11-year-old boy’s life. The quotes we report and the emotion of the two hugging warms the heart.