UK Academies

Time to Account for Education

Pam Jarvis | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

So, Nicky Morgan is to push ahead with her choice of OFSTED Chief Inspector, despite the misgivings of the Parliamentary Select Committee chaired by h...

The Academies Debate: Helping Parents to Understand What It Means for Their Children

Maz Deo | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Parents
Maz Deo

Academisation is important. It's vital for parents to understand the arguments for and against this and keep on top of how the Government wants to drive this change. But it's also important to see this in the context of the education world in general. We live in a world where change is common and that's especially true of our schools.

LGBT+ Inclusion in Education Saves Lives and Must Be Funded

Shaun Dellenty | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Shaun Dellenty

Three million pounds can never replace the countless nameless souls we have lost, both in the UK and around the world since formal education began, whose lives were terminally compromised by prejudice, discrimination and hate. It is to these people that I wish to dedicate my recent awards and honours, in addition to everyone who has invited me along to speak or supported my work.

13 Things In The Queen's Speech

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics

The Queen's Speech marking the state opening of Parliament has mapped out the Tory Government's priorities for the coming year. There are 21 new piece...

Academies - A Fight Too Many

John Watson | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Watson

The row about whether all schools should have to adopt academy status is an unwelcome distraction. You would have thought that the European referendu...

A Proposal With Dire Consequences for the Teaching Profession

Chris Keates | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

This attack on teachers is also an attack on the entitlement of all children and young people to be taught by a qualified teacher and the right of parents to have that expectation when they send their child to school. The NASUWT will be challenging these proposals vigorously.

The Waugh Zone April 25, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday April 25, 2016… 1) MAY DAY After the hammering they got on the economy last week, it’s no wonder ...

Labour Has to Fight the Issues Which Matter to Voters - Academies Isn't One of Them

Leon Spence | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Politics
Leon Spence

It's nearly a year since we took our drubbing and it's pretty self-evident that we have not learned our lessons. Purely politically forced academisation isn't an issue which will sway many votes because to most people other things are far more important. Labour are in danger of picking the wrong fight once more...

Watch Jeremy Corbyn Use His Angry Teacher Stare In A Real School As He Tears Into Tory Academy Plans

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Conservative's are trying to force the academisation of all our schools. Join us, @UKLabour Party, to stop them!https://t.co/1gQhpy7Nyc— Jeremy ...

Even Thatcher's Education Secretary Thinks The Government Are Wrong On Academies

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics

ᐧ A Tory grandee last night joined the growing chorus of Conservative opposition to plans to force all schools to become academies. Kenneth Ba...

The Waugh Zone April 14, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday April 14, 2016… 1) THE NARCOLEPTIC EUROSCEPTIC It’s taken several months, but Jeremy Corbyn w...

One Weekend in Birmingham: Responding to Nicky Morgan at the NASUWT Conference

Paul Nicholas | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Nicholas

I can respect a government I disagree with as long as they are open about their aims and motives and the public agrees with that.What is far harder to respect is a government who sneaks major and insidious policy through the back door of a media cycle awash with immigration, Brexits and raving American 'politicians'. The truth needs to be in the light.

It Is Time to Stand Up for Parents

Ed Mayo | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

Having school parents on boards was an innovation introduced by Margaret Thatcher in 1980. She took school milk away. But she supported school parents as governors. I think she would still support them today.

World Happiness Report 2016 Update - Five Key Implications for Education

Frederika Roberts | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Frederika Roberts

Four days before International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Report 2016 Update has been issued, analysing answers from approximately 3,000 re...

The Forced Conversion of Schools to Academies Will Cause Big Problems

Simon Sapper | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

Here's the problem. The government's plans are, in reality, a straight transfer of resources and responsibility. These move away from local authorities, and the democratic control that they are subject to, in favour, ultimately, of private organisations who are not accountable in anything like the same way. And who must as a reason to continue to exist, turn in a profit.

Parents React To Plan To Extend School Day: 'Children Need Down Time'

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Parents

Parents have shared their views on George Osborne's plan to keep secondary school pupils in school after 3.30pm and to convert every school in England...

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 03.06.2016 | 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.