UK Academies

The Curiously Missing Past of My Alma Mater: Outwood Grange

Ed Green | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Ed Green

You probably haven't heard of my old school on the outskirts of Wakefield, but you'll almost certainly be aware of 'Outwood'. Yes, it's half of that M...

This Is The Latest Kick In The Teeth For Poor Students

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

A large number of academies hailed as improving the chances of disadvantaged youths are consistently failing to deliver, a damning report has claimed....

New Education Legislation Shows Nothing But Contempt for Teachers, Pupils and Parents

Georgia Elander | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

It's as if Nicky Morgan feels that she has not yet made her mark as Education Secretary - has not, as her predecessor did, yet succeeded in alienating the entirety of the teaching profession - and is determined to put this right.

Poor Basic Fitness Amongst School Children Highlights Wider Concern

Charlie Rigby | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Charlie Rigby

New research has found that two-thirds of primary school children aren't reaching basic fitness levels for their age group - an awful statistic. Child obesity rates are soaring as a result and this can easily be linked to the decline of sport and exercise. With the emphasis on creating a generation of test-passers and box-tickers, exercise and sport are being neglected in schools.

Ofsted Criticism Shows Growing Importance of Anti-Radicalisation Provision for Our Young People

Charlie Rigby | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Rigby

Ofsted has received criticism from two committees of MPs this week, who have slammed its failure to highlight the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal and the 'Trojan Horse' plot in Birmingham schools, after allegations of attempted takeovers by individuals looking to impose a view of radical Islam on the students.

Developing Young People Into Active Global Citizens

Meg Munn | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Meg Munn

Co-operative schools are at the forefront of a quiet revolution, and the national Co-operative Schools Society is larger than any of the major academy chains. They benefit from their links to the wider co-operative movement with its tens of millions of members.

The Vital Social and Community Importance of Schools Cannot Be Overstated

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Whilst education cannot directly and of itself address the underlying causes of economic/social inequality and injustice, it can offer young people a chance to fulfil their potential, to open eyes and minds to opportunities without limit, and to prepare them for a balanced life as confident and active citizens.

Regardless of GCSE Results There's Now a Real Opportunity for Educational Reform

Charlie Rigby | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Rigby

GCSE results alone provide a narrow and confusing measure of success with no real consideration of the overall benefits to children of their time at school... under new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, there is a real opportunity to take an approach which not only provides a strong academic grounding but also instils character values in students.

Needed - A Good Child Protection System

Meg Munn | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The spotlight on the activities of the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, and current concerns about possible cover ups of establishment figures, must not distract us from our responsibility to ensure that today's child protection services function well.

Michael Gove's Quest for British Values in Education

Adrian Hilton | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Hilton

Perhaps it is time for Ofsted to start assessing schools once again on the extent to which their daily assemblies are 'broadly Christian', and also on the amount of RE which is dedicated to teaching our national Christian history, culture, traditions and values...

Don't Let School Places Become a Political Football When We're Already Building Classrooms in Playgrounds

Gavin Shuker | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Fairness starts with a good education for all; we all know this, as if we learnt it by rote. Why, then, are we in a situation where schools are setting up classrooms on playgrounds, in school halls and even empty offices?

Disaffected Muslim Parents Urge Faith 'Takeover' Of Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Documents purportedly from disaffected Muslim parents, being described as a small group of fundamentalist Salafists, are being investigated by a Midla...

Are Academies No More Than Political Footballs?

Indra Adnan | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Indra Adnan

Why do some Academies (schools once under local government and now converted) and Free Schools (brand new schools that have never been under local control) get built in saturated areas? While others get rejected, despite the need?

Why Are Academies Paying Millions In Private 'Consultancy' Fees?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government has denied the academies system is open to abuse after questions were raised about links with the businesses of directors, trustees and...

The School Which Banned Slang Makes Awkward Spelling Mistakes In 'Grammer' Test

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

An academy chain which banned students from using slang at school has landed itself in a rather awkward predicament after sending out homework which i...

'Get Trained Or Get Sacked'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education

More than 5,000 untrained teachers will be told they must gain a formal qualification or face the sack if Labour win the next general election. Unq...

'Leftist Fat Cat' or Teachers' Saviour? Interview With NUT General Secretary Christine Blower

Hannah Gal | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Following my interview with Michael Gove's department, I present the very same questions to Christine Blower, the National Union of Teachers' general secretary.

Great Heads and Teachers Are Best Placed to Run Their Schools - Not Town Hall or Central Government Bureaucrats

Hannah Gal | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Gal

Inspirational, quality teaching is one of the topics I present to the UK's department of education along with cyber bullying, raising standards, bringing programming and code into the curriculum, academies, the rise of male teachers and more.

Why Is the Education System Failing?

Sam Wood | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Wood

As a first year student working towards a degree in business and law at LCA Business School in London, it could be argued that I am a professional of tomorrow.

Embracing Change: Let's Make This Year Count

Alice Barnard | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Barnard

As a nation, we are inherently afraid of failure, while in America, people are encouraged to take risks. This is the nature of an entrepreneur, a fearless, ambitious and passionate risk taker, and I believe that we need to create more people of this nature to think big and be ambitious.

Are Academies 'Manipulating Admissions' To Exclude Poorer Pupils?

PA | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Some academy schools may be "manipulating" admissions to select and exclude certain pupils, a new report suggests. A study by the Academies Commiss...

Which Government Policy Cost £1bn More Than Forecast?

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An extra £1 billion was spent by the Government in the last two years on turning schools into academies, the spending watchdog has said. The Natio...

'We Will not Put Up With Schools That Fail And Go On Failing'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The government will no longer "put up" with failing primary schools. Those are the words of prime minister David Cameron after hosting the sixth Ca...

Should Private Companies Run Failing Schools?

PA | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Failing schools should be handed over to private firms to run as a final attempt to raise standards, a former adviser to the Prime Minister has sugges...

Gove Roasted Over School Meals

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Michael Gove has been blasted by Jamie Oliver for presiding over some of the "worst" school meals during his time as Education Secretary. Mr Oliver...