Accountability

'When I was a teenager, kids set fire to the Bristol comprehensive* I attended, razing it to the ground. It felt likely they were giving their... Read more
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... Read more
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspectors, welcomes the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) Commission on ethical leadership in her... Read more
‘Thousands more children on track to become fluent readers’, says schools minister Nick Gibb in a Department for Education press release published... Read more
RAISEonline, the school performance analysis service provided by the Department for Education (DfE), closed on 31 July. And schools are already... Read more
Roger’s latest piece is another closely-reasoned critique of the ‘culture of training’ which is taking hold in English schools. The piece is clearly... Read more
This is the latest example from a BBC report of 3 August. “The very poorest children in England have fallen even further behind their non-... Read more
There are permanent ‘system risks’ in education which need constant oversight, Department for Education (DfE) accounts reveal. If these risks are not... Read more
Mellissa Benn wrote powerfully about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 201 7: There could not be a more favourable time for the development of a... Read more
George Orwell thought semicolons were unnecessary. Kurt Vonnegut loathed them. The first rule of creative writing , he said, was ‘Do not use... Read more
This year nearly 40% of children in their last year at primary school have been told they did not reach the ‘expected standard’ in Key Stage 2 SATs.... Read more
Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT) ‘wrongfully’ and ‘unfairly dismissed’ former IT manager, Mrs D Evans, an employment tribunal found. Mrs Evans was... Read more
With campaigning underway for the general election, the key issue in education is funding. The recent IFS report noted that "between 2010–11 and 2015... Read more
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... Read more
Since I published this article I have received a lot of email correspondence from internationally respected academics. The general thrust of this has... Read more
Cuckoo Hall, Enfield, was one of former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s favourite primary schools. The headteacher, Patricia Sowter, was one of... Read more
This article shows that the East Asian education systems that come out at the top of the PISA rankings sink to the bottom half of the table when... Read more
This is a very important publication by Reclaiming Schools/NUT. It is about the corruption and degradation of the primary school curriculum in... Read more