JL Dutaut

  • Funding formula threatens small schools with extinction

    As an election looms, funding promises abound, but Thomas Moore is pretty sure that small schools will continue to miss out Earlier this month the Department for Education released a spreadsheet and simultaneously announced a funding boost for schools for 2020-21, following “the prime minister’s pledge to level up education funding and give all young

    5.00 Nov. 17th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Everyone should be asking candidates tough questions

    The Headteachers’ Roundtable’s “Big 5” election manifesto gives a new vision of professionalism and trust, restoring confidence in education, writes Ros McMullen The education system is in crisis. Recruitment and retention, funding, special needs provision, accountability and ethical leadership are all at breaking point, but it won’t do to look at these five factors individually.

    5.00 Nov. 16th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Organising our thoughts about teaching – the work of Mary Kennedy

    How we organise our thoughts shapes how we view the world and how we act. At Ambition Institute, we have found that three papers by Mary Kennedy, professor emeritus at Michigan State University, have been incredibly useful in framing our beliefs and actions about the work of teachers and teacher educators. 1: How can we

    5.00 Nov. 18th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Profile: Nadia Paczuska

    I’m standing beside a sugarbeet field somewhere in Suffolk trying to get to Nadia Paczuska’s school. It’s somewhere on the coast and Google has promised a bus from Norwich that has failed to arrive. My frantic calls for a taxi don’t connect as there’s no 3G and the wifi in the nearby country pub isn’t

    5.00 Nov. 19th, 2019 | Features

  • Then and now: how new teachers will be trained

    In 2016 the government published its Framework of Core Content for Initial Teacher Training (ITT), a “very important piece of work” that would “ultimately ensure higher standards of education”. But three years later comes a new framework, rushed out months in advance because of the impending election. So, what’s new?  JL Dutaut takes a look

    5.00 Nov. 12th, 2019 | Feature

  • Robin Conway's top edu-blogs of the week, 4 November 2019

    How can we use the pupil premium to tackle disadvantage. Part one: Changing our approach @littlemissDHT This is the first of three promised blogs and @littlemissDHT is off to a cracking start, outlining why our thinking about the use of pupil premium funding may need to change. Without dismissing anything out of hand, she identifies

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2019 | Reviews

  • On the fringes: Preventing exclusion in schools through inclusive, child-centred, needs-based practice

    The debate about exclusion from school has permeated political, media and social discourse: from London mayoral candidates who pledge to stop them, to the Timpson review that sets out a series of recommendations, to limited and limiting tweets. Viewpoints are often polarised. Some argue that schools should almost never exclude; others say exclusions are presented

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2019 | Reviews

  • What CPD is really worthwhile investing in?

    The Chartered College of Teaching believes strongly in the value of teacher professional learning. Yet the term encompasses a huge variety of things; CPD can take myriad forms, many of which are explored in our new report on teacher CPD internationally, full of articles and case studies exploring trends, opportunities and challenges. This variety means

    5.00 Nov. 11th, 2019 | Opinion

  • £300,000 will not solve my school’s building woes

    The paths in Andy Byers’ school flood, the science prep room is the size of two toilets and less than half of its classrooms are accessible to wheelchair users. It was due to be rebuilt in 2010. Instead, he will again have to apply for funding just to keep existing buildings safe. Schools deserve better

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Less accountability, more responsibility are key to better CPD

    Raedwald Trust is taking matters into its own hands on recruitment, retention and workload, writes Angela Ransby, with a project that moves beyond performance management to professional development As chief executive of a multi-academy trust, I’ve come to believe that the true measure of a teacher’s success has much more to do with the lived

    5.00 Nov. 9th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Should all teachers complete a Master’s Degree?

    It would be fair to say that Friday’s proposal by Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) that all teachers should undertake a Master’s Degree was met with a mixed response. This is perhaps unsurprising in a system where teachers are being asked to do more and more, frequently with fewer resources; where there

    11.50 Nov. 4th, 2019 | Opinion