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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Maria Miller MP (Basingstoke, Con) heaped fulsome praise on the head of the Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb during a Commons debate...

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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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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 Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is guilty of ‘brutal and illiterate vandalism' says Chris Whitehouse, Education Spokesperson and Secretary of...

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Former Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw was famous for comparing himself to the Clint Eastwood character, Pale Rider.  He notoriously...

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 ‘We will bring back grammars.’  That’s the Tory Manifesto message.

Never mind international evidence shows selection harms those who aren’t...

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Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT) ‘wrongfully’ and ‘unfairly dismissed’ former IT manager, Mrs D Evans, an employment tribunal found. 

Mrs...

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The Conservative manifesto, which is being quoted by Tory candidates, is very carefully worded and extremely misleading. It gives the impression...

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Contact for press enquires: Henry Stewart (07870 682442) Many claims are made by the proponents of grammar schools, with their rose-tinted view of...

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The first three academies, Business Academy, Greig City, and Unity City were opened in 2002. In 2005, the Department for Education and Skills (...

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 Melissa Benn, Chair of Comprehensive Future, annotates Theresa May’s supposedly ‘One Nation’ speech on the steps of Downing Street on...

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Involving businesses in education was a central plank of Labour’s sponsored academies programme – a business could sponsor schools providing...

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“…if CfBT, Serco or anyone else wants to set up a new school, that we will allow you,” said Mr Gove twenty-four minutes into his speech at the...

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Phonics, according to Ofsted, are “letters and the sounds that they make”. But for some producers of phonics materials, the sound is the noise of...

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