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. 

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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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Conservatives are ignoring the ‘huge success right before their nose,’ wrote Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph earlier this month.

And what is...

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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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Ofsted plans to ‘analyse inspection intervals’ for outstanding schools seem to have been shelved. 

In July, the Ofsted Board meeting...

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Following the publication of the Public Accounts Committee report criticising Department for Education (DfE) oversight of academies, BBC World at...

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Amanda Spielman, Chief Ofsted inspector, told the ASCL annual conference yesterday that she wants a ‘frank discussion’ about teacher workload....

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Speaking with the benefit of hindsight, Sam Gyimah, minister for Higher Education, said Toby Young shouldn’t have been appointed to the Office for...

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Our Top Choices

It’s happened before.  And it’s likely to happen again.  The Department for Education (DfE) publishes an announcement with misleading data.  This...

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Given Labour’s bold and exciting proposals for a free cradle to grave National Education Service, failures in the further and higher education...

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The Office for Students (OfS) was propelled onto the public stage following the controversial appointment to its board of Toby Young, New Schools...

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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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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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