Ofsted

Education Secretary Justine Greening gave a classic example of deflection yesterday . She avoided a question about the collapse of Wakefield City... Read more
‘ If you feel sick we will give you a bucket. If you vomit - no problem! You’ve got your bucket. ’ This is the instruction to pupils claiming to feel... Read more
The Education Central Multi Academy Trust (ECMAT), sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, has been censured by Ofsted following focussed... Read more
Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There was... Read more
Roger’s latest piece is another closely-reasoned critique of the ‘culture of training’ which is taking hold in English schools. The piece is clearly... Read more
A joint investigation by FE Week and the Financial Times which culminated in a court case has successfully overturned a ban on publication of a... 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
A comprehensive school accepts pupils irrespective of prior attainment. A grammar school accepts only pupils who pass a selection test. According to... Read more
It’s becoming a habit with the Department for Education. The department or its ministers make a dodgy statement. A complaint is made to the UK... Read more
This year nearly 40% of children in their last year at primary school have been told they did not reach the ‘expected standard’ in Key Stage 2 SATs.... Read more
Former Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw was famous for comparing himself to the Clint Eastwood character, Pale Rider. He notoriously said... Read more
In the run-up to elections, it’s difficult to sift facts from spin. The National Foundation for Educational Research and FullFact have come to voters... Read more
‘We will bring back grammars.’ That’s the Tory Manifesto message. Never mind international evidence shows selection harms those who aren’t selected... Read more
Nearly nine in ten of schools in England are good or better according to latest Ofsted data*. Secondary schools are more likely to be Outstanding (23... Read more
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