School culture

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
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
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a seven part guide to improving secondary science teaching . It is excellent, and draws... 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
Inspectors must decide if exceptional pupil movement is 'lawful' Inspectors must discuss concerns about potential ‘off-rolling’ with school leaders... 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
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
The Guardian of 2 September 2018 carried this story from which I quote as follows (in italics). Parents have criticised the use of isolation booths... 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
Investigation cast doubt on ‘accuracy or correctness’ An investigation by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) found ‘doubt over the accuracy or... Read more
Shortly to be published research by Professor Michael Shayer reveals an accidental breakthrough in how highly significant cognitive development in... Read more
Zero-tolerance risks exclusions for minor incidents It’s reasonable for schools to have ‘zero-tolerance’ policies towards ‘drugs or weapons’, cross-... Read more
Pupils told inspectors they now feel safe in school Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) became notorious when it opened in September 2017 for... Read more
All-through academy, previously good, facing reorganisation and redundancies Turner Schools, a multi-academy trust (MAT) in Folkestone, is causing... Read more
Gaps in provision mean many pupils will miss out Education secretary Damian Hinds has announced a £5m fund for twenty ‘careers hubs’ intended to... Read more
PLEASE WATCH THIS FILM - A Healthy Education: This is a short film to raise awareness about asbestos in... Read more
Redundancies at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy threaten ‘broadest’ curriculum Inspiration Trust runs two secondary schools in Great Yarmouth:... Read more
This year marks a signifi cant anniversary in the history of education policy in this country. Thirty years ago this summer the Great Education... Read more