Policy

We hear a lot about ‘British Values’. They’re something schools are supposed to promote. Ofsted expects it. Inspectors must evaluate ‘the... Read more
Ofsted plans to ‘analyse inspection intervals’ for outstanding schools seem to have been shelved. In July, the Ofsted Board meeting resolved to ‘... Read more
Exam pressure causes stress – it’s well-known. And a little stress can improve performance – a ‘chilled’ attitude can cause underachievement and... Read more
MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have long been concerned about related-party transactions between academy trusts and companies linked to... Read more
Using calculators can improve pupils’ calculating and problem-solving skills, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has found. To achieve maximum... Read more
According to schools minister Nick Gibb, the debate about reformed GCSE English Literature earlier this week was ‘just one more example’ of Labour’s... Read more
Selective schools put social cohesion at risk ‘for no clear improvement in overall results’. That’s the conclusion of Durham University academics in... Read more
Selective schools have long been associated with higher achievement in exams at 16. This achievement plays a major part in marketing for ‘top’... Read more
The New Schools Network (NSN) ‘has worked with two-thirds of the 691 free schools that have opened or been approved to open so far and the charity... Read more
I recently wrote an article about the deficit at Casterton College, Rutland, a successful secondary school with a good Ofsted rating and a Progress 8... Read more
A Rutland secondary school, Casterton College, which was forced to close R utland County College (RCC) after a new sixth form free school opened, now... Read more
He’s only been in the job since the beginning of January, but education secretary Damian Hinds has already been criticised by the UK Statistics... Read more
Amanda Spielman, Chief Ofsted inspector, told the ASCL annual conference yesterday that she wants a ‘frank discussion’ about teacher workload. As she... Read more
We have ways to make schools conform to a centrally-imposed curriculum. That’s the message from Policy Exchange (PX) in its report, ‘ Completing the... Read more
Conservatives are ignoring the ‘huge success right before their nose,’ wrote Fraser Nelson in the Telegraph earlier this month. And what is this ‘... Read more
According to legend , Robert Bruce lost his gauntlets while visiting Clackmannanshire, a tiny local authority nicknamed ‘The Wee County’. When... Read more
‘ For decades, the overwhelming weight of international evidence – including the influential longitudinal study from Clackmannanshire in Scotland –... Read more
Speaking with the benefit of hindsight, Sam Gyimah, minister for Higher Education, said Toby Young shouldn’t have been appointed to the Office for... Read more