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

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
Bradley Simmons, Ofsted regional director for the South East, recently wrote to Reading Borough Council raising concerns about the drop in GCSE... Read more
When I did O level maths, I learned that average represented a middle point in a set of figures. Whether something was very good, good, poor or very... Read more
‘Pupils let down by their parents: White British children are overtaken by 10 other ethnic groups by the age of 16 as alarming report shows their... Read more
The speech by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to the NASUWT conference had a ‘relatively polite reception’, Schools Week writes. But a few jeers... Read more
Contact: 07870 682442, henry@happy.co.uk The government has announced that all schools are to be forced to become academies . However the data is... Read more
On Friday all the major British newspapers ran remarkably similar headlines on the story about research from Durham University, comparing private and... Read more
The cognitive development of individual pupils should become the key objective of the primary and secondary school curriculum and there should be no... Read more
MISLEADING IMPLICATION According to the dictionary , ‘transformed’ means ‘to change (something) completely and usually in a good way.’ That’s what I... Read more
Social mobility, or rather evidence of the increasing lack of it, is rarely out of the news. In my book, ‘ Learning Matters ‘ I argue that, ‘there is... Read more
‘Call to ban students with poor English and maths from universities’, says TES commenting on the OECD report ‘Building Skills for All: Review of... Read more
Thank you, I am delighted to be here. This book is a truly collaborative effort, a distillation of the thinking and writing of the four founders of... Read more