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

Charlie Rigby | Posted 20.03.2015 | 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.

Better Integration Needs Bold Decisions - Banning Independent Faith Schools Is One of Them

David Churchill | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK
David Churchill

In the same way it is necessary to have limits on freedom of speech, we must too have limits on tolerance of intolerance. Too many independent faith schools break this threshold, perpetuate division and prevent meaningful cross-faith contact. In the interests of better long-term integration, we should gradually ban them.

Ofsted Is Measuring the Wrong Things

Michael Mercieca | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Mercieca

Last week saw the publication of the annual Ofsted report which looked at the outcomes of schools' inspections in 2013-14. The report's headline-grabber was that progress in secondary schools in the UK 'has stalled', with 29% of state secondary schools now rated as less than good.

Muscular Liberalism and the Witch-Hunt of Muslim Schools

Dilly Hussain | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

With such harsh intolerance towards Islam under the façade of preventing extremism, this will no doubt have a knock-on effect on community cohesion and how Muslims are perceived by the wider non-Muslim public.

Elite Schools Should Support Academies or Lose Charitable Status

Charlie Rigby | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Charlie Rigby

Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said recently that private schools should be stripped of their charitable status for failing to sponsor academies and struggling state schools in poor areas. Through my personal experience of the private education system and my current work to provide academies with cost effective extra-curricular programs, I couldn't agree with him more.

Teachers Shouldn't Be the Victims of Religious Discrimination

Stephen Evans | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

Parents with children at a primary school East Sussex expressed outrage this week, when it became clear that the school's popular headteacher, who was drafted in to save the failing primary, could not stay on permanently because he isn't Roman Catholic. The school of course, is a faith school.

How Should We Judge the Success of a School?

Julie Booth | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Julie Booth

Families will always seek out information, and many will undertake detailed research, when they are choosing a school for their child. An inspection report or league table may help, but most parents recognise that they can only ever provide a snapshot of the education on offer.

Dispelling the Dark Clouds of Section 28: Flying Into Blue Skies Through the Leadership of New Teachers

Claire Stoneman | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Stoneman

I write this in the last week of the six week summer holiday, teetering on the brink of a brand new school year brimming with all its hope and possibility. 2014-2015 academic year, for my school - Dame Elizabeth Cadbury in Bournville, Birmingham - is a very exciting one.

What I Learned From Visiting Reach Academy Feltham

Oliver Beach | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

I asked one Year 8 girl what she is going to achieve in her GCSEs in 2017, to which she replied with utmost certainty: "A*s in EVERY subject;" refreshingly aspirational... There was no despondency about 'being rubbish at Maths' or 'not enjoying English'.

Ofsted's Latest School Inspection Was Really, Really Dumb

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK

Ofsted wasted two days and taxpayers money on a "baffling" two-day inspection of a school that was due to close permanently in just a few weeks. Fr...

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...

'Trojan Horse' Controversy and British Muslim Children's Education

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Many in the British Muslim community genuinely feel they often come 'under siege' by the right wing media, and are not helped by our political class. The protracted sensational depiction of the Birmingham 'Trojan Horse' concern, widely believed to be fake, has aggravated the situation further in the last few months.

Gove Blocked 'No-Notice' School Inspections Claims Ofsted Boss

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Michael Gove blocked the introduction of "no-notice" inspections of schools two years ago, the head of Ofsted has claimed. The ...

Education Funding Agency Criticised For Being Slow To Intervene In Failing Schools

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

The government body responsible for allocating billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to schools, colleges and academies has been strongly criticised ...

'Islamic' Primary School Found To Have Books Promoting Stoning, Lashing And Execution

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

An Islamic primary school has been deemed failing by the education watchdog after it was found with books promoting stoning, lashing and execution. Of...

You Won't Believe What Ofsted Boss Said About Now About Failed 'Trojan Horse' School 2 Years Ago

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

When Sir Michael Wilshaw, then the fresh-faced new head of Ofsted, met the headteacher of the first school in the country to be rated outstanding unde...

Fail: Ofsted Have Suddenly Decided 'Trojan Horse' School Isn't So 'Outstanding' After All

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

Ofsted is facing serious questions today as three schools once praised by the beleaguered inspections body were declared failing placed in special mea...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Not-So-Trojan-Horse?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 9 June 2014... 1) THE NOT-SO-TROJAN HORSE? The schools in Birmingham at the centre of the 'I...

Trojan Horse Schools Tried To Cover Up Activities, According To Damning Report

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Schools investigated by officials looking into an alleged takeover plot by hard-line Muslims attempted to cover up their activities, according to damn...

Labour Accuse Theresa May Of Breaking Ministerial Code

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Labour has stepped up pressure on the Government over the feud between Michael Gove and Theresa May by accusing the Home Secretary of breaching the mi...

May To Be Called Before Commons Committee Over Gove Row

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

Theresa May will be called before a Commons committee for questioning over her "unseemly" row with Education Secretary Michael Gove about tackling ext...

EFA Finds Evidence That Birmingham Academy Has Been Turned Into Islamic Faith School

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK

An investigation at a highly-rated academy into an alleged school takeover plot by hard-line Muslims found governors had effectively turned it into a ...

Michael Gove Is Not Happy When He's Asked About The 'Islamist School Plot'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics

Michael Gove has been forced to deny that the Government has been irrevocably damaged by his public spat with cabinet colleague Theresa May over the s...

Theresa May Asks Michael Gove 'Why Did Nobody Act?' Over 'Islamic Extremism'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics

Home Secretary Theresa May has questioned Education Secretary Michael Gove over claims Islamic extremism was able to take hold at schools in Birmingha...

Celebrate Schools, Don't Inspect Them

Oliver Beach | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Beach

As a teacher I can say that the prospect of a spontaneous Ofsted visit is a scary and intimidating thought. Even after only 18 months in teaching, the idea of a 15-minute judgement period leaves me feeling vexed with Ofsted who, to my mind, are the bad guy, the anathema in education.