Tag Archives: command and control

Top of the Table

When the Chair of the House of Commons Education Committee asked Michael Gove (Secretary of State of Education at the time) about comparative performance measurement between schools, this happened: Chair: If “good” requires pupil performance to exceed the national average, and … Continue reading

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Stick Child’s Kitchen Nightmares

One evening Stick Child was awake a bit later than usual and saw part of a programme about a TV chef who goes into failing restaurants and helps them get back on track. Being as Stick Child is only 9 … Continue reading

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Why Binary Comparisons are Really Silly

Imagine having a rich resource of useful information at your fingertips, but then deliberately ignoring most of it for no logical reason whatsoever… No, I don’t understand either. Poster: Binary conversation

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Stick Child’s School Project

Over the last few weeks, our little friend Stick Child has been doing a really interesting school project about a thing called variation. Not everyone knows about variation. His project is called: “Understanding Variation (For the Very Young or Pathologically … Continue reading

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Stick Child and the Flat Tyre

Here’s the problem – you have a flat tyre! So, let’s look at a couple of options for resolving this issue… Option 1 One approach might be to inflate the tyre, then check the air pressure on a regular basis to … Continue reading

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Understanding Targets (For the Under 10s)

This is Stick Child. Stick Child is just nine years old. Awww. Stick Child wants to understand about targets, so he plays a game… Stick Child likes paper planes, so he sets himself a target of making one in 60 … Continue reading

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Why ‘Year-To-Date’ is Rubbish

‘Year-to-date’ figures are often used in performance frameworks, both in the public and private sectors. In policing, ‘year-to-date’ figures are regularly used to track the number of reported crimes at any given point in the year, supposedly as an indicator of whether the police … Continue reading

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