First off, it’s important that this isn’t seen as an attack on anyone. It’s not meant to be. Whilst you have to take this on trust you should understand that the figures I present below actually came out different to my original expectations. So what was originally produced in order to show “meh”, actually turns… Read More There are more questions than answers
One of the things that recent events bring into sharp relief is how the system deals with schools that have been in difficulties for some time. Rarely does a school change from (and I make no apologies for using the Ofsted designations – that’s the system we work within) Outstanding to Inadequate overnight. Where they… Read More Time for more tables
The transition from year 11 through to year 13 has always been a tricky one. Kids who’ve done well in their GCSEs are full of it. They’ve got the grades they worked hard for, they’re taking their driving tests, they’re working part-time and earning some cash, they’re going out spending the cash (mainly on insurance… Read More Market forces
I have some gratuitous advice for those about to be in receipt of DfE funds to deliver CPD for them. I don’t know if you got the funding because you were the best placed to deliver it given your track record or simply because you kept Nick Gibbs shoes shiny, and for the purposes of… Read More This time next year, we’ll be millionaires…
So this caused some controversy last week. A quick précis – a local authority refused to allow a Sikh couple the chance to adopt because all the children they currently had were white British. This seems to be in complete contradiction of the law, which now no longer requires ethnic matching of adopters and children.… Read More Every Child Matters
After the 2015 election I published this post setting out the education policies contained in the 2015 Conservative Party Manifesto. I feel justified in publishing early this year as the result is pretty much a foregone conclusion. These are the education policies were are going to get. In the 2015 manifesto there were, conveniently for… Read More Meet the new boss
It is a well-worn meme that the Tories are fighting an election to take us back to the fifties and the Labour party is trying to take us back to the seventies. Whilst there is some truth in both these things the bigger truth is that both are stuck in, at best, current day thinking… Read More Who will blow on the dying embers of the white heat of technology?