Former Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw was famous for comparing himself to the Clint Eastwood character, Pale Rider.  He notoriously said:‘…If anyone says to you that staff morale is low, you are doing something right.’Heads, Sir Michael said, were ‘mavericks’ who... Read more
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Education is a human right and a public good, a recent UN Resolution confirmed.

The Resolution pressed States ‘to take all measures to...

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Michael Gove said he would ‘listen and learn’ in his new job as Environment Secretary.

Speaking on Radio 4 Today (13 June 2017*), Gove said...

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Kathleen Mitchell, champion of comprehensive schools and social education, died on 22 May 2017.  She was aged 100.

Kathleen didn’t start...

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This Weekend's Survation poll found that 26% of voters changed...

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‘…never rule out governments making outrageous moves to pass their favoured pet policy.’  That’s the warning from Schools Week editor Laura...

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Theresa May's leadership may be irrevocably damaged, but the Tories are still the largest party.  And the Queen has asked May to form the next...

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Yesterday's announcement promised £1 billion extra a year for the core schools budget, made up of £650 million diverted from free infant lunches...

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(This post has been rewritten to reflect the broad nature of this campaign)

This Weekend's Survation poll found that 26% of voters changed...

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Kathleen Mitchell, champion of comprehensive schools and social education, died on 22 May 2017.  She was aged 100.

Kathleen didn’t start out...

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The Conservative Party policy on grammar schools is abhorrent. It would take a blog and a half to recount all the evidence that has been...

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Neil Carmichael, Conservative chair of the Education Select Committee, doesn’t support plans to expand selective education.  Speaking at the...

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Is anyone surprised?  This site has been exposing dodgy data used by education secretaries and ministers since the Local Schools Network was set...

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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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120 academies transferred to other academy trusts in the eight months from 1 May 2016 to 31 December 2016, Freedom of Information reveals.

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The 2015 Tory Party Manifesto said the party would continue setting up University Technical Colleges (UTCs) until there was one ‘within reach of...

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Two years ago Sir Alasdair Macdonald gave this speech at the Happy Schools conference, organised by the Guardian and my own company...

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At the end of last year the Local Schools Network website passed one million unique viewers, in the years since our launch. Here are our top ten...

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Five years ago, after the first DfE release of school-by-school data, we wrote about the fact that the data showed that academies did no better...

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