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

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
SATS: One Parent’s Dilemma English children are now the most heavily tested in the world – and a revolt is building within weeks of the Year 2 and... 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
Perry Beeches, Birmingham, a favourite academy of Michael Gove when he was Education Secretary and equally praised by his successor Nicky Morgan, has... Read more
On Question Time on Thursday Nicky Morgan sought to justify the forced conversion of schools to becoming academies with the claim that “academisation... Read more