Ofsted: “Better inspection for all” consultation – Our comments

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Ofsted has announced a consultation period for its latest document – “Better inspections for all” – outlining ways to make its inspections “more proportionate”. The closing date for the consultation is December 5th 2014, and we strongly encourage anyone who … Continue reading

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Ofsted Controversies: What To Do Next?

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It’s been another difficult week for Ofsted. The Guardian/Observer reported an allegation that an Academy “Superhead” knew precisely when Ofsted inspectors were due to inspect her school. This is intolerable, but it’s neither surprising nor the worst accusation ever heard … Continue reading

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#teacheroath: Swearing not Pledging

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Out-trending #xfactorresults last night was #teacheroath – a twitterstorm of response to a hashtag started by @teacherROAR. As someone said – who but teachers would give up part of their Sunday evening to take part in such an “event”? (Yes … Continue reading

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#Tell Nicky: Part Two – Response to her address to Conference

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There are some points from Nicky Morgan’s education speech at the Conservative Party conference this week which warrant further comment. Her values and philosophy of education came through loud and clear – and not in a positive way. Her party … Continue reading

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Teaching Poetry: Unpopular Problems

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It’s National Poetry Day. We wonder which poems are being recited in schools throughout the land today. Coleridge? Byron? Auden? Or something more contemporary. We also wonder whether children and young people have been asked about their views on poetry. … Continue reading

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#TellNicky – What Our Teachers Want for Education

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On 30th September, Nicky Morgan delivered her inaugural speech as the Secretary of State for Education to the Conservative Party Conference. Here is the full transcript, and click here for more information about the woman that replaced Mr Gove. Following … Continue reading

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“Pride” and the value of Social Intelligence

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In this blog we often refer to books, newspaper articles, music and films that, for us, exemplify multiple intelligences and their importance, their use and their value in our lives. Our society and our education system is so driven by … Continue reading

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