Hold on to your hats! It’s that thorny subject, rearing its ‘timely’ head again. Roger Titcombe and I are busy trying to convince others that cognitive ability is something we need to look square in the face. This is proving to be difficult. I have written at length to several... Read more
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It’s nearly three years since the Department for Education (DfE) published application forms for approved free schools.   There have been none...

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Following criticism by MPs, the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC), has sent out a plea for supportive tweets, Schools Week reveals.  

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‘Same old story. Same old greed. A board of directors too busy stuffing their mouths with gold to show any concern for the welfare of their...

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The decline in inspection outcomes for non-association, non-special independent schools during the academic year 2016/17 ‘has been quite stark’,...

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An ‘unspoken selling point’ of the proposed low-cost private school, the Independent Grammar School: Durham (IGSD) ‘is the cachet of attending a...

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‘We are very pleased that, like other good and outstanding schools, selective schools now have access to a fund to allow them to expand their...

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Exam pressure causes stress – it’s well-known.  And a little stress can improve performance – a ‘chilled’ attitude can cause underachievement and...

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We hear a lot about ‘British Values’.  They’re something schools are supposed to promote.  Ofsted expects it.   Inspectors must evaluate ‘the...

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Ofsted plans to ‘analyse inspection intervals’ for outstanding schools seem to have been shelved. 

In July, the Ofsted Board meeting...

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I have received this response from The Sutton Trust to my article questioning the ‘attainment gap’.

Research by John Goldthorpe has shown...

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Developing countries can show England how to solve the teacher supply crisis, a Times article (7 April 2018 behind paywall) claims.  

The...

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At last, the Department for Education (DfE) has published its response to the consultation on Schools that Work for Everyone.  It’s conveniently...

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It’s dated March 2017 but it wasn’t published until today - the Ipsos-MORI analysis of the consultation about Schools that Work for Everyone which...

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Selective schools put social cohesion at risk ‘for no clear improvement in overall results’.  That’s the conclusion of Durham University academics...

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‘The tech gurus of Silicon Valley know that screens do not belong in the classroom’

Times leader 10 February 2018 (£)

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Faith free schools must reserve half of their applications for children who are not of the faith. 

That doesn’t mean half of pupils in faith...

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At what point does a stock phrase become a target for derision?   We saw it in the last election when Theresa May tried to convince the electorate...

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This morning, on Radio 4's Today programme, George Osborne claimed that the transformation of London schools was due to the introduction of...

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