Two thousand years on, the lesson’s the same: Shine light in the darkness. Highlight their shame.
The Government had a hankering An urge to measure schools. “It’s too complex”, the teachers said, “There simply aren’t the tools.” Then, In a gloomy basement, One dark and dismal day A dull and dreary grey man Found A way to measure grey. MPs were delighted! At last, they’d got the thing To measure all [...]
Maybe it’s time for us parents to do what the teachers aren’t able And tell DfE civil servants where to stick their stupid league table. The numbers of kids in a year group are too small to draw safe conclusions. So trying to rank their results this way is only causing confusion. If numbers don’t [...]
I was unsure how to do this ‘Dad’ thing. What was my role? Holding a hand? Pushing a swing? Yet, there you were, this new unit: Madonna and Child. And where did I fit? So, I looked around and found, in my past And on screens, I’d seen: Hold fast and stay Love finds a [...]
It's a funny old thing, to be a mother To put your heart in the hands of another Without condition. Beyond and above The surest form of human love, Except, perhaps, for the love received From the tiny child that was conceived. Maybe it's their love, at the start, That truly binds us, heart to [...]