Sir Michael Wilshaw

White Working Class Underachievement Is Not Simply About Individual Families

Dan Silver | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Dan Silver

White working class underachievement is not simply about individual families. We must recognise the marginalisation that many communities are experiencing. Until we do this, the cycle of underachievement will continue; most importantly, the blame-game will not help the very children who we want to support to succeed.

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...

Giving Children the Best Start in Life Needs More Than Schools

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Helping the most vulnerable children is a daunting and complex task, and there will be disagreements about how to do it. But to move forward we need to keep the child at the centre, build on the progress children's centres have made and use it to make sure all children get the best start in life, healthy and supported at home.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: We're All In This Together

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Sunday 26 January 2014... 1) WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER George Osborne may have coined the phrase '...

Education Should Not Be a Postcode Lottery

Shumailla Dar | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK
Shumailla Dar

The answer seems like a straight-forward one to state but difficult to achieve, what we need is a multifaceted approach. Better teachers are not the only solution. We need a fairer system to judge the credibility of schools, and to help improve poorer areas as a whole.

Three In Four Schools Fail To Provide Impartial Career Advice

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Three in four schools fail to provide impartial career advice to their students, despite it being their legal responsibility, Ofsted has warned. Th...

Thousands Of Schools Need Improving, Figures Reveal

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of schools were deemed as "requiring improvement" following the introduction of Ofsted's new system which saw the "satisfactory" rating scra...

What Do We Really Mean By the Term 'School Ready'?

Liz Bayram | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
Liz Bayram

The term 'school ready' gets bandied around a lot in early years care settings. Education Secretary Michael Gove has complained that many children arrive in school "totally unprepared to learn" and just like week Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector at Ofsted argued that "a significant minority of children are simply not ready for school".

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Are We Really 'Out Of Intensive Care'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Thursday 20 June 2013... 1) ARE WE REALLY 'OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE'? Green shoots anyone? The chancellor was in...

'Those Who Can't Teach, Preach'

Polly Courtney | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK Politics
Polly Courtney

Shorter school holidays and longer school days will mean less time for children to play, discover and experience new things. Stricter inspections and harsher penalties will mean more stress for teachers, more tick-box teaching and more cheating the system so we end up failing our neediest kids.

Education: Career Politicians Fail the Test Again

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

For how long will we say that our educational system is our country's greatest failing? It won't surprise you when I say for as long as our inadequate career politicians are in charge

Closing the Gap

Simon Barnes | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Barnes

Designed to give the UK's most disadvantaged children an academic boost, the pupil premium is a £1.25bn allowance to be spent on disadvantaged students: those eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children of members of the armed services. It is an excellent initiative that has the potential to genuinely improve the academic attainment of tens of thousands of children.

A Muse of Fire...

Caragh Little | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Caragh Little

Teachers are under fire. The Chief Inspector of Schools in England has commented that, if teachers want to receive pay rises, they should work longer hours, staying on in school after the final bell has gone each afternoon.

Sir Michael Wilshaw and the 3pm Myth

Bansi Kara | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Bansi Kara

I do wonder whether the general perception of teachers in this country is informed largely by three main sources: Grange Hill, Teachers and Waterloo Road. It would be a real shame, when the profession has moved on from elbow patches and smoking behind the bikesheds whilst discussing a workplace romance, to see that undone by the constant barrage of generalisation about the way teachers perform.

'Teachers Should Work Extra Hours For A Pay Rise,' Says Ofsted Chief

PA | Posted 22.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teachers' leaders attacked England's chief inspector of schools after he said they must work extra hours if they want a pay rise. Sir Michael Wilsh...

Students Who Take Exams Early 'Often Perform Worse'

PA | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of the brightest children in England are failing to achieve top grades at GCSE because of a growing trend towards entering pupils early for ...

'It's Not Rocket Science'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Schools need to spend pupil premium money on their poor students and not on recruiting more teaching assistants, Ofsted's chief has warned. Sir Mic...

UK Education's Double Act - But They're Just Not Funny!

Dan Haesler | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Dan Haesler

Of late I have become fascinated with two of the main players in UK education. The Secretary of State for Education, the Right Honourable Michael Gove and the Chief Inspector of Schools, and Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw - from what I can tell he is the only person in the UK to have been knighted without winning a major sporting trophy.

Failed Heads Appointed As Ofsted Inspectors

PA | Posted 26.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Former failing headteachers have been recruited by Ofsted to inspect schools, it was reported on Tuesday. Governors and ex-school secretaries have ...

'You Don't Know What Stress Is' Ofsted Chief Tells Teachers

PA | Posted 10.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Ofsted's controversial chief inspector today launched a stinging attack on heads and teachers who make excuses and complain about their jobs, saying t...

Are Parents More Influential Than Teachers In Child Education?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

It has long been understood that the quality of a school and the quality of a home life can both have huge affects on child development. The lack ...

Literacy Standards Are Slipping Warns Ofsted Chief

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Literacy standards in English schools are falling behind those in other countries, Ofsted's chief inspector is to warn. Sir Michael Wilshaw will sa...

Thousands Of Pupils In Schools Labelled 'Not Good Enough' Ofsted Says

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than a third of schools inspected in the last three months of 2011 were not good enough, according to Ofsted figures. Statistics show that of ...

Outstanding Schools Back Under Scrutiny

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Hundreds of outstanding schools could see their status downgraded if their teaching fails to match the standards of the institution, Ofsted announced ...

'Satisfactory' Has No Place in Schools

Sachin Patel | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sachin Patel

It is right that schools are competitive environments because a school is a microcosm of real society. A debating tournament is not won by the fastest or the strongest or the man who grafts.