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Ofsted's Guide To Choosing Childcare

Gill Jones | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Parents
Gill Jones

If you decide to use childcare, picking a service can be a bit overwhelming in itself. The person or people who look after your child play an important role in their development. They must help those they care for grow up to be keen to learn, able to express themselves and happy to play with others.

School In Special Measures After Failing To Put Single Pupil Forward For GCSE Exams

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A free school that claims to offer the “very best education that the 21st century can provide” has been placed into special measures by Ofsted aft...

School Forced To Apologise After Pupils Asked To Pen Suicide Notes In English Class

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A London secondary school has been forced to apologise after pupils were told to write suicide notes as part of an English lesson. Year 8 students at...

School Criticised For Seeking 'Strong Disciplinarian' To Become 'Director Of Detentions'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A super tough secondary school in Poole is looking for a “strong disciplinarian” to become its “director of isolations and detentions”. Magna...

School Handed Worst Ofsted Report Possible After Pupils 'Pelt Inspectors With Food'

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education

A West Midlands secondary school has been handed the worst Ofsted report possible after pupils pelted inspectors with food and barged into them in the...

Tories Accused Of 'Wasting Millions' On Free Schools After Report Finds Costs Ten Times Over Estimate

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Politics

A flagship education programme set up by former Education Secretary Michael Gove is in disarray after revelations that costs were more than ten times ...

Do Ofsted's Recent Safeguarding Changes Require Improvement?

Barry Richardson | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK
Barry Richardson

I am not here to bash Ofsted, however, I think that we are often too quick to react to changes in society without considering the bigger picture. Often, failing to foresee the real impact these actions will have on those involved.

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 21.06.2017 | 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 15.06.2017 | 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 14.06.2017 | 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 07.06.2017 | 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 24.03.2017 | 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 14.03.2017 | 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 01.02.2017 | 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 28.01.2017 | 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 22.01.2017 | 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...