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 now a key part (and in which Ark Schools, the ‘no excuses’ academy chain which she helped to create, has gone from strength to strength... Read more

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 Skills are dead, knowledge is king.  That was the contribution by schools Minister Nick Gibb to the curriculum debate reignited by Ofsted chief...

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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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20% of free school 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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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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The last Labour manifesto said a Labour government would impose VAT on independent school fees, The Times wrote on 16 September (behind paywall...

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Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspectors, welcomes the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) Commission on ethical leadership in...

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‘If you feel sick we will give you a bucket. If you vomit - no problem! You’ve got your bucket.’

This is the instruction to pupils claiming...

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Two years ago, Wakefield City Academy Trust (WCAT) was named as one of five ‘outstanding’ academy trusts to receive a share of £10m funding to set...

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RAISEonline, the school performance analysis service provided by the Department for Education (DfE), closed on 31 July.  And schools are already...

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The Rye Academy Trust must ‘arrange for its schools to join a strong multi-academy Trust’ by 1 September 2018, the Education and Skills Funding...

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Education Secretary Justine Greening wants a skills revolution.  But schools minister Nick Gibb loathes skills.    He won’t even let civil...

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‘Thousands more children on track to become fluent readers’, says schools minister Nick Gibb in a Department for Education press release published...

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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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Mellissa Benn wrote powerfully about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 2017:

There could not be a more favourable time for the...

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Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There...

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We recently visited the Beamish museum in Co Durham. This is a brilliant and highly recommended outdoor museum with many sites connected by...

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I do think we’re at a time, as a country, where this stuff really fits pretty well with economic crises … when you’re in a situation when you’re...

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The width and depth of this misunderstanding is demonstrated in this Guardian headline.

New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that...

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Fiona Millar
Francis Gilbert
Henry Stewart
Melissa Benn