Free schools, we are told, will offer more choice to parents. But that’s not what's happened in Rutland, England’s smallest county. There was already... Read more
I was prompted to write this article by a recent telephone conversation with the complaints section of my Electricity Supply company. I won’t bore... Read more
This Guardian article reports research arguing for the existence of a class-based conspiracy to prevent the children of poor families getting into... Read more
At the end of last year the Local Schools Network website passed one million unique viewers, in the years since our launch. Here are our top ten... Read more
School improvement strategies put in place by the University Cathedral Academies Trust (UCAT) in its first five years ‘have failed to deliver the... Read more
Cuckoo Hall, Enfield, was one of former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s favourite primary schools. The headteacher, Patricia Sowter, was one of... Read more
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

‘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

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