GCSEs

Theresa May’s speech on university tuition fee reform omitted one salient fact : it was the Coalition government which raised fees to up to £9k from... Read more
This morning, on Radio 4's Today programme, George Osborne claimed that the transformation of London schools was due to the introduction of academies... Read more
Local authority maintained schools are among the best in the country when judged by Progress 8. I’ve said so before . But let's be honest: this... Read more
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published what is probably the most comprehensive study yet on ‘The Attainment Gap’ , which has been the... Read more
Ministers have insisted GCSE reforms were essential to bring England in line with countries which perform highly in the three-yearly international... Read more
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This post is prompted by an article in today's 'i' newspaper that includes a table of EU and EFTA countries in order of the percentage of secondary... Read more
'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