Local schools

The New Schools Network (NSN) ‘has worked with two-thirds of the 691 free schools that have opened or been approved to open so far and the charity... Read more
I recently wrote an article about the deficit at Casterton College, Rutland, a successful secondary school with a good Ofsted rating and a Progress 8... 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
The proportion of pupils entering at least five EBacc subjects has gone down since 2016, from 39.7% in 2016 to 38.2% in 2017, Department for... Read more
‘They don’t give a monkey’s what the music is, whether it’s Schubert in German or the theme from Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, but... Read more
Former education secretary Michael Gove tweeted yesterday in support of Toby Young’s appointment to the board of the Office for Students (OfS): '... Read more
Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services, is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The probe is... Read more
The story is familiar to anyone who has read David Laws’ book Coalition : the Department for Education (DfE) under Michael Gove was dysfunctional and... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) doesn’t have a schedule for publishing impact assessment for free schools opening in September 2016 and September... Read more
Baxter College, Kidderminster, opened in February 2017. That’s what the Department for Education database says. School Performance Tables also say it... Read more
Two schools maintained by local authorities were ranked in the top ten English schools based on their Progress 8 (P8) scores, the New Schools Network... Read more
Bourne Grammar School, Lincolnshire, has reinstated Y12 pupils who were previously ‘advised’ it wouldn’t be in ‘their best interests’ to carry on... Read more
How quickly events move on! On Saturday I complained I could no longer access the publicly-available school database. I accused the Department for... Read more
Yesterday I used the Department for Education schools database, Edubase, to check details of some academies which had changed hands. Today I tried to... Read more
I recently received this link to a video posted on Facebook . It is presented by Michael Moore and appears to have been made on a visit to Finland,... 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
Schools minister Nick Gibb was clear : 86% of mainstream free schools approved since 2014 have been where school places were needed ‘and the... 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