When I started teaching in the mid seventies, it was in a school based in a terrace of Victorian townhouses. From the moment I began, folk ‘in the know’ would mutter mysteriously about ‘plans for a new school’. They had ‘seen the blueprint’ for a site ‘in the south of the city’. It was, they assured me, ‘only a matter of time’.
From an education point of view, a recurring theme involves "increasing usage" of CCTV in our schools, along the lines of "pupils being spied upon". However, while it is right to be vigilant about privacy for all sections of society, this particular focus is a timely reminder to all – from editors to politicians - that when discussing education we need to look not just at the "what" but also the "why" and the "how".