Performance tables

It should be straightforward to find inspection reports. Type in a school’s name on Ofsted’s search page and the school’s record appears. But if the... Read more
Disappeared: the headteachers sacked and gagged by academy trusts School leaders who don’t show rapid improvement in results are being ruthlessly... 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
20% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSE in 2017 were below the Department for Education (DfE) floor standard of -0.5 for Progress 8 (P8)... Read more
Education Secretary Justine Greening wants a skills revolution . But schools minister Nick Gibb loathes skills . He won’t even let civil servants use... Read more
St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School, a Voluntary Aided selective school in Orpington, has refused to allow about 16 of its Y12 pupils to enter... 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
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
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
Five years ago, after the first DfE release of school-by-school data, we wrote about the fact that the data showed that academies did no better than... 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
My article, ‘ Why maketisation invalidates Progress 8 ‘, addresses the concern that the production of high stakes performance measures for schools is... 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
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
Last week's Education Policy Institute report is an addition to the growing body of evidence that Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) do not result in... Read more
Analysis by PWC finds that the majority of academy trusts continue to underperform. At the same time, between 2014 and 2015, there has been... Read more
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16.05.16 by
Einstein captured the issue in a single sentence. “ Sometimes what counts can’t be counted, and what can be counted doesn’t count. ” With Maths in... Read more