Policy

ASCL launches inquiry into system leaving pupils 'deflated' The Association of Schools and Colleges has launched an inquiry into GCSE results which,... Read more
The process has been ‘shambolic’ Way back in 2015, Oxfordshire County Council identified a need for a new secondary school in Oxford. There was a... Read more
Writing for LSN in 2014, the late Maurice Holt noted the ‘transatlantic bridge tendency’ in English education policy – which, for more than three... Read more
Full SoS speech to former FASNA is available somewhere, but where? It’s quite normal for parts of speeches to be redacted when they’re published on... Read more
Hinds's defence (or is it defiance?) is ill-founded The education secretary Damian Hinds defended the ‘broad thrust’ of data claims made by the... Read more
Not acceptable to keep public in the dark On 11 October, education secretary Damian Hinds made a speech to the Confederation of School Trusts,... Read more
Many struggle to recruit pupils, ten have closed The University Technical College (UTC) initiative is failing, an Education Policy Institute repor t... Read more
It’s ‘beyond belief’ PM would use ‘discredited’ claim after UKSA censure Just days after the Department for Education (DfE) received a severe... Read more
Desperate attempt to make it appear DfE data has OECD seal of approval In its panicked attempts to defuse the severe reprimand from the UK Statistics... Read more
UKSA chair appears to be losing patience - and not before time Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), appears to be losing... Read more
Poor enrolment in 2017 blamed on ‘demographic dip’ Plymouth University Technology College (UTC), judged inadequate in April 2016, is planning to... Read more
Forget global – DfE compares UK with G7 for more flattering comparison The Department for Education (DfE) is attempting to defuse accusations that... Read more
Bonus points: which claims are being probed by UK statistics watchdog Which of the following were used by Damian Hinds, the education secretary, in... Read more
Per capita spending in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland higher in 2016/17 than in 2012/13 Per head public spending on education England has... Read more
Claim of being ‘third biggest’ education spender included tuition fees and private spending ‘The OECD has recently confirmed that the UK is the third... Read more
At the start of 2018, I was appointed governor of a local junior school. And a very good school it is too, with an excellent head and dedicated, hard... Read more
DfE denies schools are 'worth less' but heads say otherwise The Tories appear spooked by rising concern about inadequate school funding. Even before... Read more
Biggest improvement in primary reading predated post-2010 reforms The Tories have made ‘improvements’ in early literacy – ‘climbing back into the... Read more