GCSEs

'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
A debate pits opposing views against each other. That’s the theory. And TeachFirst appeared to subscribe to this definition when it launched its... 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
Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There was... 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
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
Maria Miller MP (Basingstoke, Con) heaped fulsome praise on the head of the Minister for School Standards Nick Gibb during a Commons debate yesterday... 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
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
After the EU referendum I wrote an article which began by drawing attention to comments made by Conservative Party elder statesman, former Chancellor... Read more
My article, ‘ Why maketisation invalidates Progress 8 ‘, addresses the concern that the production of high stakes performance measures for schools is... Read more
This is a short version of the full article which appears here I will address these issues in the reverse order that they appear in the title. The... Read more
English school children are among the most tested in the world. Yet there’s no evidence frequent, mandatory, national tests raise educational... Read more
All non-selective secondary schools are failing if 32% of pupils identified as high ability in Key Stage 2 tests don’t achieve A-A* in GCSE English... Read more
Analysis by PWC finds that the majority of academy trusts continue to underperform. At the same time, between 2014 and 2015, there has been... Read more
‘It had nothing to do with biology! ’ a 15 year-old told me after she’d taken her AQA GCSE biology Higher Unit 1 paper today. She’d spent time... Read more
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There are many valid political, social and administrative arguments against compulsory academisation, but the most important objections are... Read more
Two months ago the media was full of research by Durham University which suggested attending a private school equalled two years extra education at... Read more