What Dominic Cummings got right about the civil service…and what he got wrong
Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s top adviser, has caused a stir with a blog post pledging widespread reform of the civil service....
EPI research director and former civil servant
Cuts and overbearing accountability have driven me out of headship
Andy Mellor, the past president of the NAHT, has left his role at St Nicholas Church of England primary school in...
Former headteacher and NAHT president
Should inspections be ‘no-notice’ for inspectors as well as schools?
Following the Conservatives’ election victory, no-notice inspections of schools are likely to be trialed in England. Colin Richards believes this lack of...
Retired senior HMI
Ofsted must do more to acknowledge staff who go the extra mile
Schools with more pupils from deprived backgrounds are still less likely to be judged ‘good’. Ofsted must do more to understand...
Chair, Heads' Roundtable and CEO, Blessed Edward Barber academy trust
Do schools understand what it’s like to be poor at Christmas?
A recent House of Commons Briefing Paper suggests that on current trends, by 2021/22, the share of children in relative low...
Chief executive, Centre for Education and Youth
School business leaders are transforming schools and the system
Despite the backdrop of continued political uncertainty and a government in relative paralysis, 2019 has been an exciting year for the...
Chief executive, Institute of School Business Leadership
History repeats for school governors in 2019 funding crisis
Education has gone as far back to basics as it possibly can, writes Martin Matthews. If only politicians found ABC as...
National leader of governance
The SEND funding crisis can’t be hidden any longer
This year, the funding crisis affecting children with SEND and their families finally got the political attention it needs. Julie McCulloch...
Director of policy, Association of School and College Leaders
As 2020 dawns, primary schools face a perfect storm
Primaries, their teachers and pupils face an unprecedented crisis if things don’t change in 2020, says Robert Campbell. And the most...
Interim Head, Burwell Village College Primary School, and CEO, Morris Education Trust
The SEND system desperately needs transformation in 2020
The new government needs to make the education of young people with SEND a top priority throughout the next parliament, says...
CEO, Driver Youth Trust
Secondary schools 2019. Great Expectations or Bleak House?
The dictionary of secondary schooling has seen a few new additions in 2019. Helena Marsh catalogues them, and makes some early...
Executive Principal of Linton Village College and Chilford Hundred Education Trust