Posts by: laura mcinerney

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A-level results are out! Here’s what we know…   1. Overall performance in England The proportion of A* and A grades has increased by 0.4 percentage points, which...
Experts
Editor Laura McInerney explains how we are going to report Thursday’s A-level results For the past two A-level results days we focused our attention on secondary modern schools....
Experts
New government research reveals pupil and teacher attitudes towards a longer school day. Did they say what you expected? Last year, when he was still Chancellor, George Osborne...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...