Day 111 – Nelson and the Ashes of Bedford School Sport

In England, the score 111 is called a “Nelson” (aye aye eye I think it comes from) and is regarded as unlucky for a batsman. One umpire (David Shepherd?) even used to dance a jig at square leg when a batsman or team was on that particular figure in a superstitious attempt to induce good luck. The Aussies have the same issue with 87 (13 short of a century).

All England can hope for in the next few days is that Australian batsmen get stuck on lower scores than 87 or 111…13 would do it for me…or preferably a duck…eleven of them…

Unfortunately we are likely to see the Ashes of England cricket once more returned to their current home…

Of course, should the decision be made to go two-tier, Years 5 and 6 will not experience as much sport (including cricket) within school. Primary schools have an impoverished curriculum compared to middle schools in this respect…something to do with a lack of specialist teaching and fewer male teachers perchance?

This doesn’t show up in test results because you can’t measure it easily- which also explains why parents understand what is important more than bureaucrats in air-conditioned offices reading the latest gradgrind production figures from schools.

The Ashes of Bedford School Sport ? Very possibly I’m afraid…


4 Responses to Day 111 – Nelson and the Ashes of Bedford School Sport

  1. River Song says:

    Everything you say about sport and sport club opportunities is true, but what also concerns me is the change we will also see in subjects like science. At the moment, in a middle school, science can be taught by specialist teachers with specialist facilities, like labs. Primary schools won’t have these. Surely this will mean a drop in standards in the teaching of science. Surely this will mean that the new secondary schools will notice that the experience, knowledge and understanding of science for children in years 5 and 6 is not as good as it currently is.

  2. Martin Hamilton says:

    My daughter’s experience is a case in point – moving from a lower school (keen and enthusiastic and providing good opportunities but with no nearby playing field) to a middle school with playing fields, specialist teachers and an active sports programme across all the middle schools. Very inclusive and not at all elitest. Can it be measured?Moving from a 2-tier area 5 years ago to Bedford we noticed the massive difference in levels of participation in sport. This may very well have something to do with the middle schools and of course it wouldn’t all be lost straightaway if they go but it is a great platform to build from that we would do well not to lose.

  3. PeterP says:

    Same problem in Suffolk, where sports in Middles is of a very high standard across the 3-tier county. There aren’t many places where town Middle School children can play rugby, cricket etc against prep school children and give a good account of themselves.
    All of this is set against what is clearly mere “lip-service” from councils to improving sports facilities, child health, anti-obesity and the rest-whilst eyeing-up those juicy playing fields just ripe for housing development.

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