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Education: Prayerful data

Statistics can paint a helpful picture of what is happening in schools, says Huw Thomas

WHEN Hugh Jackman sings, in a crescendo, that he is Jean Valjean of Les Misérables, he lifts himself from the character of Prisoner 24601, the name by which we first met him.

The notion that we are free people, and not just numbers, lies behind an aversion that some people feel towards data, and the way in which it drives so much thinking and planning in education. Governors fall asleep, unions complain, and staff feel oppressed by a tyranny of numbers encapsulated in the ...

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Teenagers are surprisingly interested in God, but they have an unerring instinct for authenticity, suggests Tess Kuin Lawton  Read More

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Thu 5 Mar 15 @ 10:30
Canon Beasley is currently director of mission in the diocese of Oxford.