Policy

Gibb ignores statistics authority concern Ignoring the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) has become a habit with the Department for Education (DfE),... Read more
If free schools were aimed at empowering parents then they've failed ‘The very basis of the free school programme is to empower parents and teachers... Read more
Hinds says Rayner is ‘plain wrong’ – but she isn’t Labour’s shadow secretary of state for education, Angela Rayner, is ‘just plain wrong’, writes... Read more
Free schools ‘best means’ of addressing rising school numbers, says NSN The need for more school places is best met by opening free schools, says... Read more
West London Free School among missing data Capital costs for seven of the first 24 free schools are still not known. The Department for Education (... Read more
This 1999 paper by Professor Michael Shayer is of enormous significance for the future of the English education system and the way that school... Read more
Schools’ fault says Ofsted 4,700 pupils who took the higher tier reformed GCSE combined science exam in 2018 were awarded a ‘safety net’ grade 3 to... Read more
SchoolsCompany Trust and Bright Tribe included It might be expected that academy trusts criticised for their finances would have their names removed... Read more
This is the title of a Guardian article which appeared on 11 September 2018. The following (in italics) are excerpts. Major study of 1.8 million... Read more
Why did Ireland do so well in global reading test? SoS asks Education Secretary Damian Hinds visited Dublin last week to meet his Irish equivalent... Read more
Knighted psychologist accused of fraud The hugely-influential work of educational psychologist Sir Cyril Burt dominated the nature v nurture debate... Read more
Money for repairs at Bright Tribe academies not spent as expected An investigation by BBC Panorama , to be aired tonight, found public money given to... Read more
Economy measures dismissed as ‘Hinds Slight’ The Department for Education (DfE) has developed a cunning plan for schools to save money. It’s issued a... Read more
London has the greatest number 54 new free schools are expected to open this month, according to Department for Education (DfE) data*. Twelve of... Read more
Rise in number of disappearing KS4 pupils Off-rolling, whereby secondary schools exclude pupils likely to lower an overall pass rate, is illegal.... Read more
Alleged ‘grade inflation’ hasn't ended Remember when Michael Gove used to bang on about grade inflation? His reformed GCSEs, rushed, untrialled, and... Read more
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21.08.18 by
The Trussell Trust is a charity which runs a network of over 400 food banks. Earlier this month, the Trust reported that a spike in demand for its... Read more
2017 assessments even more baffling than those for 2016 openers Two days ago, I highlighted puzzling aspects of impact assessments for free schools... Read more