Posts by: laura mcinerney

Experts
I know “feedback” is a contentious issue these days – what with triple marking, and lollipop sticks, and everyone going crazy about exam mark schemes. But there’s something...
News
An annual report on the performance of academy chains has revealed that five groups – Aspirations, City of London, Diocese of London, Harris and Outwood Grange – performed...
News
This year’s fourth Chain Effects annual report has been released today. It looks at the exam results of disadvantaged pupils in multi-academy trusts (‘chains’) which have at least...
Profiles
When Amanda Spielman told a packed audience at the Festival of Education that she aspired to be like Bismarck, it was hoped that the chief inspector meant Otto...
Experts
Amanda Spielman is starting to warm up in her role at Ofsted and it is exciting, if slightly alarming, to watch. Her inspector’s focus on curriculum is correct...
News
The government are reportedly dropping plans to weaken fire safety standards in new schools. The Observer has learned that ministers are re-examining changes to school safety guidance and...
Profiles
Last month, when the Standards and Testing Agency sent its exam papers for 11-year-olds to Little London primary school in Leeds, they went into a cupboard and stayed...
Experts
England’s government was unusual for not having really bothered about schools until about a hundred years after everyone else. While America and Germany, and just about everyone else...
News
Justine Greening will remain as education secretary in Theresa May’s new minority government. After a turbulent weekend during which the prime minister scrambled to put together a minority government,...
News
Graham Brady, head of the influential 1922 committee of MPs, which Theresa May has been told she must now listen to, has said he believes the party will...
Experts
Can the Conservatives still push through their plan for new grammar schools now they are a minority government? Editor Laura McInerney explains what we know so far. The...