Tag Archives: Department for Education

We need Special Measures for the Department of Education and its Teacher Training Policies

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An epic failure. A colossal mess. There isn’t any other way to describe the performance of England’s Department for Education. Consider the findings of the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts on “Training New Teachers”: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmpubacc/73/73.pdf Missed targets to … Continue reading

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Michael Rosen’s Letters to the Secretary of State

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Michael Rosen has another of his letters to the Secretary of State in today’s Guardian, highlighting the vital point that education remains in the hands of inexperienced politicians rather than experienced professionals – unchallenged due to legislation that gives almost … Continue reading

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League Tables and their Distortion of the Purpose of Education

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This week, the secondary performance data – league tables – were released. Every year, we hear dissenting voices about the purpose of these tables. Every year, they are published without due regard for the concerns of many as to their … Continue reading

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British Values and SMSC: The Department for Education Getting it Wrong

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The seriousness of the Department for Education’s latest “guidance” document cannot be overstated. At the end of November 2014, presumably following recent Ofsted reports in Tower Hamlets and the Trojan Horse debacle in Birmingham –as well as the government’s insistence … Continue reading

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Festival of Education: The Politicians Speak

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The Festival of Education at Wellington gives those interested in education the opportunity to listen and speak to those who have determined policy over the decades. As previously reported, the first morning brought Kenneth Baker to the festival, with a … Continue reading

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Making Education Work – Recommendations: Part Two

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The “Making Education Work” report suggests eight key action points for a change in the education system. Today, we are reviewing the recommendations for “enhanced action”. Whilst this report is looking specifically at A-Levels and Post 16 education, we think … Continue reading

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Ofsted, Politics and Primary Schools

We’re not aware of any government minister who’s tried to tell solicitors or barristers how to work with their clients. We’re not aware of any politician who’s tried to tell doctors and surgeons how to treat the sick. When it … Continue reading

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