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...

An (Ofsted) Inspector Calls...

Catherine Roche | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
Catherine Roche

Official figures estimate that one in 10 school-aged children and young people have a diagnosable mental health issue such as anxiety or depression, but other more recent surveys place that figure much higher. This is above and beyond the sorts of knocks and challenges that we all encounter in life - this is a diagnosable mental health problem and requires professional support.

Ofsted Chief Calls For Bigger Fines For Term-Time Holidays

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Parents

Parents who take their children out of school for term-time holidays should face larger fines, says Ofsted's chief inspector. Sir Michael Wilshaw s...

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Play Is Back, Long Live Play!

Penny Tassoni | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents
Penny Tassoni

Whilst Sir Michael Wilshaw in his address to launch Ofsted's report into early years didn't actually use these exact phrases, I am sure that many of us within the early years were rejoicing that play is clearly being seen as a central ingredient in promoting early years.

Teach Last: Are Retirees the Answer to Our Teacher Shortage Crisis?

Rae Duke | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK
Rae Duke

With 4 in 10 teachers leaving the profession within their first year there's no denying that UK schools are finding it harder and harder to recruit st...

How Parents Are About to Get a Much Bigger Chance to Influence Ofsted's Rating of Their Children's Nursery

Purnima Tanuku | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Parents
Purnima Tanuku

From September, nurseries will get a phone call the day before inspection, as part of the new Common Inspection Framework. Schools have always had this courtesy, so that they can call in necessary governors, as have childminders, due to the practical need to be home when an inspector calls.

Child Protection Must Be at the Heart of Ofsted Inspections

Meg Munn | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The new government must act to place the protection of children at the centre of Ofsted's work when inspecting schools.

Why We Should Focus on Well-Rounded Young People - Not Exceptional Grades

Charlie Rigby | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK
Charlie Rigby

If we are to avoid further developing a production line of exam-passing robots then serious consideration must be given to a more balanced education experience. Yes, children should be pushed in the classroom, but they should also be pushed as hard outside of it.

Why Families Should Get Free Childcare During School Holidays to Celebrate the Birth of Kate Middleton's Second Baby

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Sarah Tetteh

The new royal baby is set to come in time for the May half-term school holidays. So why not give something back to the doting British public who are rushing out to buy souvenirs to celebrate the birth? Last time more than £250million was spent in shops when baby George was born.