Ofsted

Non-association private schools, those fee-paying schools not associated to groups affiliated to the Independent Schools Council ( ISC ), are less... Read more
Two days ago I wrote about how Ofsted’s heavy-handed attack on Swindon was potentially unhelpful. Ofsted has today shown it isn’t just searching for... Read more
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‘Swindon’s children failed by schools at every key stage’ , is the headline of an Ofsted press release . But is this entirely true? Ofsted’s letter (... Read more
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Setting up selective schools in disadvantaged areas would improve area performance and help social mobility, the think tank ResPublica writes. But... Read more
My book, ‘Learning Matters’, was published before ‘Attainment 8’ and ‘Progress 8’ were finalised and published. This article is therefore something... Read more
Strong multi-academy academy trusts (MATs) share common characteristics, says Chief HMI Sir Michael Wilshaw in his latest monthly commentary which... Read more
Headteachers’ role as the ‘key educator and leader of learning’ is seen as important but is ‘no longer the predominant activity,’ says a report into... Read more
Academies, we are told, are essential for improving schools. When Labour started the first academies we were assured these new schools would raise... Read more
I have the consent of 'Disappointed Idealist' to write an article on my website based on his latest post on leaving the teaching profession. It is... Read more
It’s not been a good week for Nicky Morgan. Derision greeted her view that 47% of English 11 year-olds failing to reach the expected standard was a ‘... Read more
The petition to scrap plans to force state schools to become academies will not be debated despite attracting more than 100,000 responses. Instead,... Read more
Try our light-hearted quiz to test your knowledge of the education scene in England. 1 According to former schools minister David Laws, the... 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
‘The local authority is a highly effective partner in supporting governors and leaders to secure improvements. ’ This was one of the strengths listed... 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
The Government has placed a rocket under its sponsored academy programme, according to the Department for Education (DfE). It’s been ‘turbocharged’.... 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