Opinion

Accountability

Labour must go further to truly rebuild faith in Ofsted

Removing one-word judgments may take some of the heat out of inspection, but that alone won’t make the process…

JL Dutaut
Sir Alan Wood
Pensions

We should listen to teachers on pension flexibility

United Learning and teachers’ unions have collided over an alternative pension plan – but what do teachers themselves think?

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James Zuccollo
Governance

Five ways to make complaints a part of school improvement

We must get beyond the blame game if we’re ever going to learn the real lessons of rising complaints

JL Dutaut
Barney Angliss
Attendance

How schools should work within new guidance to improve attendance

A raft of legal and regulatory changes to tackle worsening attendance will require new ways of working to avoid…

JL Dutaut
Esther Maxwell
Sustainability

Labour must put sustainability at the heart of its opportunity mission

A promised curriculum review must ensure what results is equal to the challenge of adapting to climate change and…

JL Dutaut
Steve Brace
Disadvantage gap

Labour already has the ‘keys to success’ to tackle disadvantage gaps

We already have the urgent answer we need to close the disadvantage gap, so let’s not wasted time re-inventing…

JL Dutaut
Mike Ion
Attendance

Why we need an ambitious ‘net zero’ target for attendance 

A moonshot goal to see every child in school and ready to learn by 2050 could galvanise society to…

JL Dutaut
Jaine Stannard
Policy

6 quick school policy wins for Labour that won’t break the bank

Labour’s big-ticket promises will take time. So here’s some easy policies they could do now, says ex-government adviser David…

John Dickens
David Thomas

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Latest Research

The Knowledge

The Knowledge: How can we restore a love of writing among young people?

Amid evidence of a sharp decline in young people’s enjoyment of writing, our new report sheds light on where…

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Professor Becky Francis
Governance, The Knowledge

Why community engagement has to be a priority for all trusts

New research from GovernorHub shows trusts are not living up to their own stated desires to prioritise local communities

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Ellie Cheshire
The Knowledge

The Knowledge. What teachers think about feedback

A new survey reveals the key barriers that stand in the way of feedback leading to improvement

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Dr Robert Nash
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The Knowledge. How are trusts doing at closing disadvantage gaps?

New research from the South West Social Mobility Commission reveals the major academy trusts still have a lot of…

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Lee Elliot Major and Beth Brooks
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Can compassion remedy poor wellbeing in schools?

Evaluation of two programmes show they have the potential to improve staff and pupils’s sense of self-efficacy and reduce…

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Frances Maratos
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Instilling a joy of reading is key to closing the attainment gap

Understanding what texts young people are engaging with is key to tackling a post-pandemic decline in reading activity

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How are schools dealing with rising parental complaints?

As a new study shines a light on measures that could support schools to mitigate against rising parental complaints

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Dai Durbridge
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What are key considerations when planning CPD?

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