Dale Banham Posted June 21, 2005 Share Posted June 21, 2005 On Friday I heard that our school’s application for specialist school status (leading in history) has been turned down by the DfES (Specialist Schools Designation Team - whoever they are). This has come as a complete shock and left me feeling angry, extremely disappointed and confused. On a personal level I feel like this is a real kick in the teeth after everything I have tried to do for the last 10 years. I also feel that this is an example of how subject specialism and the history education community is under-valued despite the great work that is going on at the moment. Number crunchers and SMART target setters seem to rule the world! Sorry to trouble you all with this but I do not really know what to do next. I have written a letter and any suggestions about how to follow this up would be gratefully received. Do you know of anyone I should contact? Are other history departments having a similar experience? I am completely fed up with this kind of crass decision making and want to take this matter further. Any ideas welcome! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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