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(This was first published in Education Forward: Moving schools into the future , a call for a new approach to education) Is it time for a focus on... Read more
A cross-party committee of MPs isn’t convinced the Department for International Development (DFID) acted correctly when it provided grant funding to... Read more
We’ve been here before. Time and again this site has said there isn’t enough data to come to a firm conclusion about the performance of free schools... Read more
Baxter College, Kidderminster, opened in February 2017. That’s what the Department for Education database says. School Performance Tables also say it... Read more
Submitted on behalf of Reclaiming Education 1.Introduction 1) Labour’s 2017 General Election Manifesto promised a National ­Education Service that... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) says it won’t publish impact assessments for free schools opened in 2016 because they aren’t ready yet, Freedom of... Read more
The unions are crying wolf over school funding for English schools. That’s the opinion of Mark Lehain, former head of Bedford Free School and now... Read more
Hackney Downs, a comprehensive boys’ school, was shut in 1995 by Tory education secretary Gillian Shepherd following an unsuccessful campaign to keep... Read more
Skills are dead, knowledge is king. That was the contribution by schools Minister Nick Gibb to the curriculum debate reignited by Ofsted chief Amanda... Read more
Since becoming HMCI in January, Amanda Spielman has had a lot to say about the regrettable effects of the accountability system of which she is now a... Read more
The last Labour manifesto said a Labour government would impose VAT on independent school fees, T he Times wrote on 16 September (behind paywall).... Read more
Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspectors, welcomes the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) Commission on ethical leadership in her... 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
‘Thousands more children on track to become fluent readers’, says schools minister Nick Gibb in a Department for Education press release published... Read more
Tim Coulson, former Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the East of England, is now chair of governors at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy... Read more
The Department for Education’s use of statistics has often been criticised by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). Using flawed figures to claim the... Read more
‘ You put some costs in You take some costs out… ’ The Department for Education appears to be dancing the hokey cokey with what’s included in... Read more
The Rye Academy Trust must ‘arrange for its schools to join a strong multi-academy Trust’ by 1 September 2018, the Education and Skills Funding... Read more