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Janet Downs: Education reform in Wales is moving too fast, says OECD. So what does that say about pace of reform in England?

The “sheer number” of educational reforms in Wales in a relatively short space of time risks “reform fatigue”, says the OECD. The OECD had been asked to review Welsh education following the country's poor results in the 2012 PISA* tests. Welsh education had strengths, OECD found. These included a fully-comprehensive system which emphasised equity and inclusion; good teacher-pupil relations, classrooms favourable ... read more and comment →

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FJMurphy: Birmingham: what is going on in the schools that are alleged to have been targeted by Islamic extremists?

Reports of the alleged attempts by some hard-line Muslims to take over some schools in Birmingham have been around for several weeks, initially reported by Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph. In the past few days, they have stirred wider interest. It sounds disturbing to me, and I am slightly surprised that I am the first to raise this on the ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "FJM - I tend to agree with you but Janet is right that should wait for the outcome of the investigations before we jump to conclusions. My personal position is very clear. No religions or religious organisations should be allowed to ......"

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Roger Titcombe: Children shun competition in school sport

This is the title of an article in the Independent of 22 April 2014: "A study of 1,000 eight to sixteen year-olds and a similar number of parents reveals that mothers and fathers are often more anxious about the results of school games than their children are." The report was based on an investigation by the MCC and 'Chance to Shine', the ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Oliver Williams: "I would just like to say that I enjoyed this autobiographical evocation of a particular time and place as much as Roger's fascinating accounts of the importance, as a core goal of schooling, of extending very child's cognitive abilities. Both ......"

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Janet Downs: “It might be best if you looked elsewhere”: the Children’s Commissioner describes the ways schools can deter pupils they don’t want.

“It might be best if you looked elsewhere”. That’s what one school told a parent of a child with special needs (SEN), said the Children’s Commissioner*. The Children’s Commissioner heard evidence of how schools deter SEN children and said parents of SEN pupils had been put off from applying for a school place because of “negative messages”. It wasn’t ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Roger - LAs are in a good position to monitor schools' admission policies. LAs co-ordinate admissions to most of their schools. They do so in accordance with each school's admission policy or the LA policy in the case ......"

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Henry Stewart: Ofsted 2014 Dashboard: still using the wrong data

Last June the Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, complained that too many schools "failed to challenge the brightest" and talked of a "culture of low expectations". The basis of his criticism was that many students who achieved a Level 5 in SATs at age 11 failed to get an A or A* at GCSE at age 16. This month Ofsted has ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by PiqueABoo: "I forgot this: the relative merits of 'KS2 data' for predicting KS4 outcomes is briefly mentioned in "An analysis of Key Stage 2 reliability and validity" found on this page: http://www.fft.org.uk/News/FFT-Research.aspx..."

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John Bolt: Education 2015 – a progressive agenda for the General Election

On 8th April over a hundred people packed Committee Room 14 at the House of Commons to talk about the kind of education policies they want to see on offer at next year’s election. The meeting was hosted by Kevin Brennan MP (Shadow Schools Minister) who introduced the session. The keynote speaker was Peter Mortimore, former Director of the Institute of ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "Andy - I have worked in 11-18, 11-16 + 6th form college and 11-14/14-18 systems. They all have their merits and can work well. 11-18 schools need to be big enough to run decent sixth forms. Sometimes smaller schools may ......"

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Melissa Benn: When effort becomes exhaustion……..

Below, the longer version of a piece published in the Guardian this morning. I was asked to write the piece following the worrying findings of an ATL report on over schooled and over tired children published two days ago, following on a report published the day before that ( also by the ATL) on creeping levels ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "There is something profound here Henry. If I only I could grasp what it is. My third (small) glass of wine as usually consumed by this time of night hasn't helped. Perhaps if younger and cleverer people than me think ......"

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Janet Downs: Do Catholic, state-selective and high-performing private schools predominantly use “traditional methods”?

“…the old-fashioned approach to education that still prevails in Catholic schools, selective state schools and high-performing private schools has almost no defenders.” Toby Young, Prisoners of The Blob These “old-fashioned” methods, according to Young, include direct teaching instruction (aka “chalk-and-talk”) and “rote learning”. But do Catholic, state-selective and private schools predominantly use this approach? Do they turn their back on ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "It can also be argued that Philosophy and Ethics involve a large element of critical / analytical thinking. It also appears to have passed Mr Young by that the Pearson groups paper on making education work gives equal weighting to skills ......"

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Roger Titcombe: Pupil behaviour worse than thought

This is the headline in the Independent of 14 April, following the publication of a report by researchers from the University of East Anglia. "Unruly behaviour in schools is far worse than inspectors and official government reports indicate, according to a major study of classroom disruption out today. Even teachers in the most popular, oversubscribed state schools have to work hard to ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Rodger123: "Academies/ schools with 'zero' tolerance generally have a selective intake or high exclusion rate (now called disappearing students). So they either have the ability to self-regulate their behaviour or they are excluded if they can't cope (for whatever reason). ......"

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Janet Downs: Do selective school system reduce education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children?

The Daily Mail is in no doubt – “comprehensive schools prevent pupils from poor backgrounds achieving their potential”. But the study the paper cited actually said the opposite: selecting students early for schooling based on ability “amplify socioeconomic inequalities in performance”. The Mail singled out four European countries which, it said, had “virtually eliminated” the effects of disadvantage: Austria, ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "Patrick "extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence" Why should it be extraordinary to expect that good schooling results in pupils becoming cleverer and wiser? What are schools for if not this? Just filling children's heads with 'knowledge' presumably. I accept that this would ......"

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