It was ‘totally necessary’ for the ‘tight-knit team’ around former schools minister Michael Gove to use ‘fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency’ to push through Gove’s agenda, writes Mark Lehain, founder of Bedford Free School and now director of the Parents and Teachers for... Read more
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It was ‘totally necessary’ for the ‘tight-knit team’ around former schools minister Michael Gove to use ‘fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency’ to...

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Learndirect, the largest commercial provider of further education (FE) was rated Inadequate in March 2017*.  Nevertheless, it will still receive...

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69 academies have closed for a ‘fresh start’ according to Department for Education (DfE) data*.

Closing an academy for a new beginning...

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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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‘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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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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English 10 year-olds are now joint eighth in the world in reading as measured by the international PIRLS test.  

The Department for...

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It should be straightforward to find inspection reports.  Type in a school’s name on Ofsted’s search page and the school’s record appears.

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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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