Tag Archives: Ofsted

Ofsted leaving La La Land

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With the appointment of Amanda Spielman as Chief Inspector is Ofsted finally emerging from La La Land? Is there at last an understanding that teaching to the test has caused catastrophic damage to many young people – both those who … Continue reading

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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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SPaG tests – How did we get here? HMI and English from 5 to 16

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Back in the days when HMIs were the most respected force in the land for improving education they published a series of booklets called Curriculum Matters. The first booklet in the series was English 5 – 16. It appeared in … Continue reading

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Academies – Democracy, Autonomy, Choice, Privatisation – only one of the above.

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Let’s be clear: the announcement that George Osborne is providing funding to convert all schools to academies is not about autonomy. Let’s also be clear about the additional funding that the chancellor is providing to secondary schools for extended hours. … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, An Education Select Committee and Not Quite the Purpose of Education

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It’s sometimes sensible to wait a few days to respond to Sir Michael Wilshaw’s (SMW) comments on education. That way you avoid an instinctual fight or flight reaction. However, having spent some days reflecting on his recent meeting with the … Continue reading

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Parents, children, and “an unfamiliar sense of dread”. The need for change in our system of education.

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If you haven’t seen it already we urge you to read the latest column by John Harris in the Guardian. (Memo to Guardian: why isn’t ‘Education’ on one of the tabs at the top of your website? It’s difficult to … Continue reading

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Children’s Mental Health Week: Action not Polemics

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This week is Children’s Mental Health Week – a time to focus our thoughts and actions on how well we are supporting our young people and their individual wellbeing. Of course, every week and every day should be  a time … Continue reading

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