Ofsted plans to ‘analyse inspection intervals’ for outstanding schools seem to have been shelved. In July, the Ofsted Board meeting resolved to ‘analyse …reasons for any unusually long gaps’ and report back at the Board’s next meeting. The next two Board meetings have come and... Read more
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Ofsted has now published inspection data for 2000-2005*, its Freedom of Information responses reveal. 

This is welcome.  I have long...

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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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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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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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On 31 March 2018, I watched a BBC 2 Sir David Attenborough programme about birds’s eggs. Although I have only a modest interest in garden birds,...

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Teachers at flagship free school Michaela Community School (MCS) fear they will be ‘harmed’ by pupils from other schools, recent accounts* reveal...

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A Rutland secondary school, Casterton College, which was forced to close Rutland County College (RCC) after a new sixth form free school opened,...

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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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Every Facebook user should be aware of the business model of ‘free’ social media type services. It is to collect personal data and then sell it...

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The New Schools Network (NSN) ‘has worked with two-thirds of the 691 free schools that have opened or been approved to open so far and the charity...

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We have ways to make schools conform to a centrally-imposed curriculum.  That’s the message from Policy Exchange (PX) in its report, ‘Completing...

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

Times leader 10 February 2018 (£)

This isn’t new...

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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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Selective schools, Theresa May believes, are the best way to lift disadvantaged high-achieving pupils out of poverty.  Those who oppose selection...

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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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