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  • If you can pass the test you're in. But who benefits?

    The grammar schools proposal could be described as a “great right-wing fraud”, says David Blunkett… pretending you are delivering to the many what you know you can only deliver to the few Next month I will take part in a gathering at Ruskin College, Oxford, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a seminal speech on education

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Teacher transfer window: Why can't we fill our vacancies 365-days-a-year?

    The idiosyncratic “teacher transfer windows” model is failing schools and teachers. Notice periods for teachers should come into line with those of the private sector, says Frank Norris. The football transfer window, an agreed period of time when players can transfer from one club to another, has closed for another four months. These two artificial

    12.00 Sep. 11th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Small schools should keep meals subsidy until national funding formula comes in

    After a leaked report revealed the DfE knew small schools needed extra funds to provide free meals – yet still ended their subsidy – Barbara Taylor issues a fair-funding challenge to government Following a successful initiative giving free fruit to infants, the concept of free infant school meals, providing healthy, nourishing food at lunchtime, was

    5.00 Sep. 10th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Theresa May should take a look in the mirror on grammar schools

    Theresa May’s policy to expand academic selection by allowing grammar schools to expand and other schools to select some of their pupils is an exercise in Orwellian double think. On the Radio 4 Today programme this morning Justine Greening tied herself up in knots trying to argue that grammar schools represented increased choice, an argument

    11.05 Sep. 9th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Can church schools become stand-alone academies?

    Question: Is the memorandum of understanding between the Department for Education and the Church of England/Catholic Church a legally binding document?  Can church schools become stand-alone academies or do they have to become part of a diocesan-led trust? Victoria says: In order to answer the above, we need to look first at how a church school

    5.00 Aug. 30th, 2016 | Opinion

  • To halt the decline in arts A-levels, government needs to change its story

    There has been a steep decline in A-Level entries to arts subjects this year. Lorenza Antonucci has a hypothesis about why this might be While a record number of students have been accepted onto degree courses in the UK this year, the recent A-level results also reveal that labour market returns play a large part

    12.06 Aug. 24th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Forget opening more grammars, get PRIVATE schools to open up instead

    There are more imaginative ways to improve social mobility than opening more grammar schools, explains former political advisor Adam McNicholas I’m 30. In the not too distant future, I might have kids. Friends of mine are starting. Soon, when we get together, discussions will shift from plans for weekends away to plans for dealing with

    15.18 Aug. 8th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Teacher top-ups: a solution to under-performance in Northern schools?

    Ofsted’s annual report for 2014/15 highlighted an educational gap, not only between primary and secondary, but also between the north and south of England. Duncan Sim offers some concrete proposals to address the discrepancies in both funding and attainment. The north-south divide starts young. This is, at any rate, what the statistics about the relative performance of secondary

    5.00 Jul. 30th, 2016 | Opinion

  • What makes a great middle leader?

    Middle leadership is under-researched, but there are steps heads of department can take to make their departments run efficiently, write Sam Baars and Andy Buck This summer, teachers around the country will be preparing to step into new roles. Many will be taking their first step into management as Heads of Department, a role that is often overlooked

    5.00 Jul. 29th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Safeguarding compliance - has the education recruitment sector been lucky so far?

    The education sector spends millions, even billions (if you read some reports) per year on supply teachers and support staff. As this demand for teachers continues to grow, thousands of agency staff, often complete strangers are being sent into UK schools on a daily basis, writes David Boon. So it would stand to reason that

    5.00 Jul. 28th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Nick Gibb is wrong about modern foreign languages

    Boosting foreign language GCSE entries is not the way to improve our country’s language skills – but there is a better way, insists David Harbourne The Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, wants 90% of 16-year-olds to take a foreign language GCSE. In a recent House of Commons debate on the EBacc, he said this is necessary

    16.34 Jul. 27th, 2016 | Opinion