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Britain's Comprehensive School Mistake

David Lloyd | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
David Lloyd

Britain had just gone decimal, T. Rex were riding high and I donned the over-long trousers of my shiny black uniform for the first time to attend my battered seventies Comprehensive school.

Official: Tory Govt Really IS Planning New Grammar Schools

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics

Radical plans to open new grammar schools have been leaked on the steps of Downing Street. In a hugely embarrassing revelation, the confidential propo...

Changes To Teacher Training

Dave Phoenix | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Phoenix

According to Ofsted, between 2014 and 2105 over 10% of the qualified teachers left the profession and, according to the Guardian, the numbers of applicants continues to fall. At the same time over 120,000 additional pupils need teaching and the difficulty in finding teachers is further exacerbated in shortage areas such as Science and Technology or languages.

Ofsted Chairman Resigns Weeks After Isle Of Wight 'Inbreeding' Comments

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK

David Hoare has resigned as chairman of education watchdog Ofsted with immediate effect, just weeks after causing controversy by branding the Isle of ...

Osted Chief 'Should Keep Job Despite Inbreeding Slur'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 06.08.2016 | UK

The chairman of education watchdog Ofsted should keep his job despite provoking outrage by describing the Isle of Wight as a ghetto suffering from “...

Home and (Sometimes School) are Where the Heart and Head Are

Nigel Rayment | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Nigel Rayment

The headline in the TES read, "Wilshaw calls for more mavericks to shake up an 'ordinary education system'" (26 May 2016). Well it's a shame the outgo...

Why Are British Mums and Dads the Worst in the Developed World at Sharing Childcare?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

Our gender pay gap - which leaves British women earning an average of 17.4% less than men in similar full-time jobs - places us 15th out of the 22 countries measured. In first-placed New Zealand, the gap is 5.6%.

A Curse Called Ofsted

Steve Spriggs | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Politics
Steve Spriggs

Are there words that strike fear into a teacher more than "Ofsted is visiting"? Cue sleepless nights producing a week's worth of lesson plans, a rainforest's worth of admin and cross your fingers that little Jonny who fires paper planes from the back of the class, is off with a cold. Then of course, careers hang in the balance and self-esteem is shot if the inspector that sat in your class for half an hour deems your teaching to be unsatisfactory.

An Inspector Calls (and then leaves)

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

In the last week of May, my school Bedales held an education conference as part of its series of 'Leading Independent Thinking' events. Two years ago ...

Ofsted Finds Dirty, Unsafe Conditions At 100 'Hidden' Schools

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

More than 100 suspected unregistered schools exist across the country, inspectors have found. Ofsted, the schools watchdog, says many more children ar...

Ofsted Inspectors Segregated By Dividing Screen At Islamic School

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

An independent Islamic faith school previously criticised for failing to "promote British values" has been found to segregate male and female staff du...

Forcing Schools to Become Academies Is a Distraction From Real Problems and a Huge Danger to Our Education System

Kevin Courtney | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kevin Courtney

Schools and parents are facing a chronic teacher shortage, a lack of school places, chaos around curriculum changes and primary tests and a funding crisis. But instead of dealing with these very real issues the Government is pursuing a top down re-organisation of education that has no basis in evidence to support it.

Blind Faith: Enough Is Enough! It Is Time We Start Manufacturing Real Change in Our State Education System

Scott Charlesworth | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Scott Charlesworth

After being enticed back to teaching by the possibilities of the independent sector (ie. no monster and more autonomy) I am eagerly building the foundations that I hope will lead to a successful career as a reformer. If this sounds similar to you or someone you know please do get in touch!

London Jewish Schools Erase Female Images From Books And Teach Pupils 'Women Should Clean And Cook'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Two Jewish all-boys' schools in London have been criticised by Ofsted for their treatment of women after inspectors found pupils in one school thought...

Much Ado About Muslims

Julian Bond | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Politics
Julian Bond

Muslims have been in the news a lot lately, in fact for a minority community they receive a lot of coverage. We have heard the Prime Minister bemoanin...

Attendance Awards: Why Punishing School Children for Being Sick is Ridiculous

Caroline Thain | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Caroline Thain

My child has atopic eczema and multiple allergies - autoimmune disorders. If he is unwell 'enough' he stays home. Every time I quibble it, balancing the missed education against the rest his body needs.

Ofsted Chief Takes Stand Against Muslim Face Veils In Schools

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Schools that allow pupils to wear face veils could be ruled "inadequate," according to the head of Ofsted. The chief inspector of schools in England, ...

Why Schools Should Not Say 'Get a Note From Your Doctor'

Dr John Cosgrove | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Dr John Cosgrove

According to the Mail on Sunday, a growing number of schools are now demanding that parents of children unfit to participate in PE lessons consult GPs...

Muslim School In East London Had Books 'Promoting Stoning People To Death'

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK

A Muslim school in east London has failed an Ofsted inspection after investigators found books in its library that promote "inequality of women and pu...

Schools Should Be Able To Ban Muslim Girls From Wearing Veils, Say Nicky Morgan And Ofsted Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Schools should be able to decide whether or not to ban Muslim girls from wearing veils, as they cause communication problems in the classroom, the edu...

Changing Exams To Accommodate Ramadan 'Sets Very Bad Precedent,' Says Ofsted Chief

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The head of Ofsted has said moving A-level and GCSE exams to accommodate Ramadan and other religious festivals would set a "really bad precedent", put...

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

It's Time to Question If the Ofsted Grade Is an Accurate Indicator of Quality at Nurseries

Jane Smalley | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK
Jane Smalley

There is no denying that having a baby is perhaps the most life changing and defining time in any person's life. At some point during the pregnancy, ...

A Conveyor Belt Age? Ofsted's Apprenticeship Report and the Need for a 'Year of Service'

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK
Sophie Livingstone

Young people hear so much about the need to do well in their exams but virtually nothing on the need to invest in themselves as people, and yet that's what will set them up for success in the workplace--and in life. Young people face so many challenges during their transition to adulthood and employment. Giving them the tools to do that successfully is surely the responsibility of our society. Ofsted's report should be a wake-up call to make that a reality.

David Cameron: We Will Send In Experts To Take Over Failing Social Services Departments

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Politics

Poorly performing social services departments are set to be taken over by Government-appointed hit squads, David Cameron announced today. In an ech...