What for you constitutes being British? Other than having the passport, I mean......
For me, it's a person born in the UK or who came to the UK very young and :-
a) went through the UK education system and
b) was encouraged by their parents or had their own strong wish to integrate (some people integrate more despite their parents being against this).
Edit :- So I will definitely never be Swiss, despite perhaps being able to have the passport soon. But in my mind, my daughter will be. In the mind of Swiss people, maybe, just maybe, her grandchildren might be considered Swiss!
By man o' the year
I heard the other day (was it on here?) of the frustrated parent who had to endure prize giving where every child was presented with a medal BEFORE the school ran its sports day.
Today I received my youngest's (year 9) progress review. All fine but the accompanying email has:
"As you may be aware, the government has indicated that it would like schools to move towards assessing and reporting pupil progress without the use of levels. At our school, we have taken the decision to carry on reporting levels of attainment for Year 9 in order to show the progress that pupils have made from Key Stage 2 and to ensure consistency for parents in understanding the progress their child is making. "
So no more levels. Presumably we are moving to fluffy flowery descriptions where nobody understands what is really happening, where the good kids are smoothed down, and the mediocre is celebrated. I recall my eldest coming home so proudly with her certificate in first year primary for "sitting nicely on the carpet."She soon learnt what we valued as she moved through her education. The schools consistently poor at setting targets to stretch her to the full of her ability. Our (as parents) 42 years teaching experience meant we were able to cut through the bullshit.
Another indicator is the parent portal which shows my youngest (in the top few per cent in the year) with her merit score comapred to the average for her tutor group. Of course she has comapratively few as she doesn't need the motivation of merits to do her work. Others must be doing fantastically well, their parents must think with their hundred or so merits. So how much of a shock reality will be when their darlings hit any formal assessment. Then of course there is the real world of work awaiting them eventually.
Seriously we have moved to a situation where kids go through school not comprehending their capabilities because eveything is a success.
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