Cost-cutting visits for capital cash doesn’t undermine academy autonomy
It’s emerged that successful bids in the last round of Condition Improvement Fund applications have come with unexpected strings attached. To...
Director, Parents and Teachers for Excellence
7 ways to reinvigorate the free schools policy
Since 2010 free schools have helped to transform our education system, bringing high standards, new innovations from which other schools can...
Director, New Schools Network
4 key questions to progress the MAT governance debate
The ongoing rhetoric of an emerging and evolving MAT system has been a popular one. In the National Governance Association’s new...
Director of policy and information, NGA
Knife crime: why a slogan on a T-shirt is not enough
When the student council of a north London secondary met to discuss knife crime, the discussion soon moved away from traditional...
Headteacher, Woodside High School, north London
The patterns and trends that shape pupils’ lives
These three studies used different methods to explore phenomena affecting young people, whether transitions and attainment, special needs and disability, or...
Chief Executive LKMco
I am a classroom teacher and I want isolation booths
Isolation rooms are calm, orderly environments with a clear routine. And behaviour is better in schools that have them, says Steve...
Teacher, Robert Clack School of Science, Essex
Numbers alone can’t tell us that off-rolling has taken place
Schools sometimes put their interests first when a child is removed from their roll – which is why Ofsted is determined...
Specialist adviser for school inspection policy, Ofsted
Ofsted’s worrying reliability findings won’t comfort heads who get ‘the call’ in a couple of months
In a report on the future of Ofsted that accompanied the launch of our new think tank called EDSK (short for...
Director, EDSK think tank
We’ve got £200m to help solve youth crime – here’s how schools can apply
Schools across the country are doing their best to respond to issues outside their gates, as we see more teenagers being...
Chief executive, Impetus
Private schools need phasing out – and here’s how it can be done
A packed event held in the House of Commons entitled ‘Phasing Out Private Schools’ sought to kick-start a long overdue debate....
Author and journalist
Put down your mobile phones and learn poetry
At a time when so many youngsters are glued to their Xboxes and mobile phones, communicating by grunts, emojis and abbreviations...
Author, broadcaster and founder of Poetry Together