A subject hierarchy created in one stroke

Ministers’ denials that the EBacc has downgraded the ‘creative’ subjects are dishonest, says Dr Bernard Trafford

I confess that, when the autumn term comes to an end, I usually pray that educational news will calm down as well. Instead of doing so at the end of 2015, something that had been simmering through the autumn raised its head again, and given my background as a music teacher, it was close to my heart.

Plans are afoot for a spectacular new £200 million concert hall in London’s Barbican Centre. The argument is that, when the Queen’s Hall was bombed in the Second World War, the capital lost its finest concert hall. The Royal Festival Hall and Barbican are poor buildings. The Albert Hall is something special: but very particular and enormous.

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