There are over 500 primary schools and about 200 secondary schools which have been stuck on requires improvement or satisfactory for their last two inspections, according to Ofsted’s Annual Report 2016/17.  Of the schools inspected in 2016/17, Ofsted has identified around 80... Read more

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There are over 500 primary schools and about 200 secondary schools which have been stuck on requires improvement or satisfactory for their last...

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52 secondary schools inspected in 2016/17 have not improved from requires improvement or worse since 2005, Ofsted’s Annual Report for 2016/17...

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The story is familiar to anyone who has read David Laws’ book Coalition:  the Department for Education (DfE) under Michael Gove was dysfunctional...

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The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) has received glowing praise from Ofsted, Schools Week reports.    A focussed inspection of seven...

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The PM took time out from the EU to debate public services in the West Midlands on Wednesday 6 December. 

Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan used...

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This post is prompted by an article in today's 'i' newspaper that includes a table of EU and EFTA countries in order of the percentage of...

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‘It’s too hasty to claim that these improvements [in global reading test PIRLS] are attributable to policy changes…’ says the Department for...

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Two schools maintained by local authorities were ranked in the top ten English schools based on their Progress 8 (P8) scores, the New Schools...

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Ofsted plans to ‘analyse inspection intervals’ for schools rated outstanding and discover ‘reasons for any unusually long gaps’, Minutes of the...

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Disappeared: the headteachers sacked and gagged by academy trustsSchool leaders who don’t show rapid improvement in results are being ruthlessly... Read more

Ofsted had recommended that reception teachers should teach children to read using systematic synthetic phonics. 

All the evidence shows...

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20% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSE in 2017 were below the Department for Education (DfE) floor standard of -0.5 for Progress 8 (P8...

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This weekend the entire Social Mobility Commission resigned.  Alan Milburn, the Commission’s chair, wrote that he was ‘deeply proud of the work...

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(This was first published in Education Forward: Moving schools into the future, a call for a new approach to education)

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In May last year, 82 academy trusts responded to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to reveal  amounts received in transfer fees (aka...

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20% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSE in 2017 were below the Department for Education (DfE) floor standard of -0.5 for Progress 8 (P8...

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Submitted on behalf of Reclaiming Education 

1.Introduction

1)     Labour’s 2017 General Election Manifesto promised a National ­Education...

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Since becoming HMCI in January, Amanda Spielman has had a lot to say about the regrettable effects of the accountability system of which she is...

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