Let’s fix school structures, then we can turn to curriculum
It’s eight years this month since Michael Gove slammed the Academies Act through the Commons and gave us the complicated landscape...
The schools that are building democracy into their education
This week has been declared the UK’s first-ever ‘National democracy week’ in an effort to get people more interested in politics....
Director, Alternatives in Education
It’s not true that academies care more about money than pupils
Contrary to the claims of some researchers, academisation is not creating a market, and it is not putting finances ahead of...
Chief Executive, Outwood Grange Academies Trust
The early-learning goals aren’t there yet!
The review of early-years assessment has morphed into a review of the curriculum by the back door, argues Beatrice Merrick Following...
Chief executive, Early Education
How to manage a mobile phone ban in schools
Collecting pupils’ phones isn’t an invasion of privacy – it’s a sensible way to run a school, explains Peter Lee. Banning...
Head of School, Q3 Langley
Ofsted requires improvement – but how do we get there?
Ofsted’s name is mud this week. Amanda Spielman’s speech at last week’s Festival of Education went down like a lead balloon...
Graduate recruiters are clamouring for more talented women – and schools should be afraid
Gender pay rules are making corporations jittery, and rightly so. As Schools Week recently revealed, academy trusts usually have way more...
Booze and backroom deals are under the accounting spotlight
The ESFA’s annual academies accounts direction document is usually fairly dry, but this year there are few more important things for...
Education manager, Kreston Reeves
Punk leadership means daring to think outside the system
The education community has a jaundiced view of school leadership at present, which is seen as risk-averse or even cowardly, says...
Head designate, Q3 Academy Tipton
No, teachers aren’t overpaid – despite what some think-tanks may claim
Last week, the Taxpayers’ Alliance, a right-wing think-tank, tried to claim that teachers are paid too much, flying in the face...
School workforce lead, NFER
Ignore the naysayers, the new early-learning goals are great
Credit where credit is due, writes Clare Sealy; the government has done a really good job on its new early-learning goals...
Headteacher, St Matthias School, London