Cuckoo Hall, Enfield, was one of former Education Secretary Michael Gove’s favourite primary schools. The headteacher, Patricia Sowter, was one of... Read more
This is a very important publication by Reclaiming Schools/NUT. It is about the corruption and degradation of the primary school curriculum in... Read more
The Standards and Assessment Agency, the quango responsible for setting tests in primary schools, is ‘ broadly fit for purpose ’, the review into the... 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
First, the good news in yesterday's written statement : plans to make Year 7 pupils resit end-of-primary tests if they didn’t reach the expected... Read more

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23.07.16 by
It's been a busy couple of weeks. No I don't mean trying to keep up with the headlines or the fallout from the headlines, though I can't say that isn... Read more
English school children are among the most tested in the world. Yet there’s no evidence frequent, mandatory, national tests raise educational... Read more
Zombie statistics rose from the dead yesterday in Parliament when Angela Rayner , shadow education secretary, called on the government to review... Read more
There was much crowing when schools minister Nick Gibb flunked a grammar question on Today . The Sun , for example, sent him to the ‘bottom of the... 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
A ‘rogue marker’ was responsible for leaking the Key Stage 2 Sats paper, a Department for Education source said yesterday. So far, so obvious:... Read more
‘My fellow animals. I am aware there are squeaks of protest against our rigorous grammar test for young animals. But if our young animals have... Read more
Education secretary Nicky Morgan firmly believes ‘rigorous tests’ at Key Stage 2 will reduce the proportion of English pupils who are low performers... Read more
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tried to damp down fears that thousands of primary schools would fail new floor standards by saying the Department... Read more
Bradley Simmons, Ofsted regional director for the South East, recently wrote to Reading Borough Council raising concerns about the drop in GCSE... Read more
SATS: One Parent’s Dilemma English children are now the most heavily tested in the world – and a revolt is building within weeks of the Year 2 and... Read more
The speech by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to the NASUWT conference had a ‘relatively polite reception’, Schools Week writes. But a few jeers... Read more
The scene: a blasted heath. Macbeth exhorts the witches to foretell the future. The three hags conjure bloodied kings and the murdered Banquo. ‘Thou... Read more