Opinion

“Nicky Morgan & The Narrative of Success (If Few Policies)”: Day Two Conservative Conference Round-Up

Labelling new education secretary, Nicky Morgan, as ‘continuity Gove’, initially seemed a smart move by Labour. But her Conservative…

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
Opinion

Morgan’s Priorities & No-Thunder Boles: Day One Round-Up of Conservative Conference

The prevailing view among political commentators is that education isn’t a major issue for this election. If that’s true,…

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
Opinion

Heading up a board is serious business

Headteacher boards, the first attempt to move power to the regions, deserve the support of school leaders eadteacher boards…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips


Opinion

Federations should not be swept under the MAT

Multi-academy trusts are on everybody’s lips, but don’t dismiss the federation option In an era of increasing school autonomy…

Emma Knights
Emma Knights
Opinion

The advantages of scale

Having co-authored a new report suggesting performance would improve if the government let every primary school spin out from…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Right Angles: More than one angle on wearing the niqab

A student sent home for flouting uniform code is not exactly a hard-hitting story. But in a case this…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Conservative Party Conference preview

Each week during the political conference season we will be inviting a commentator to give their views on what…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Hunt’s Fight Back : Day 2 Roundup of Labour Conference

Where yesterday’s conference speeches from shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt felt like an imbalanced half of a football game;…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

New ways of finding free school properties are needed urgently

As new free schools are due to open this month, some have opened in temporary accommodation and others have…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips

Must Read

Research

Research: How can we improve our relationships with students?

Three studies point to some strategies with the potential to build better rapport with students and improve their results…

JL Dutaut
HARRY FLETCHER-WOOD
Diversity, National Curriculum

Time for DfE leadership on diversifying the curriculum

It won’t do to say schools are free to diversify their content when workload and accountability make it impossible,…

JL Dutaut
EMMA SLATER
Flexible working, Recruitment and retention

Why leave teachers out of the flexible working revolution?

Giving teachers the flexible working options everyone else now expects could stem an exodus, writes Emma Shingleton, and even…

JL Dutaut
EMMA SHINGLETON

ITT

ITT

ITT Market Review: making good on a promising policy

Many objections to the ITT market review are simply incorrect, writes Sam Sims. But delivering on its promise will…

JL Dutaut
DR SAM SIMS
ITT

How can we get schools to offer more ITT placements?

The government wants schools more involved in initial teacher training, but how can we encourage them to offer more…

Freddie Whittaker
JACK WORTH

EXAMS

Exams

To be fair, we can do better than exams

Ministers’ clamour to return to our pre-pandemic exams system is founded on an impoverished idea of fairness, writes Jo-Anne…

JL Dutaut
JO-ANNE BAIRD
Exams

Next year’s exams could be statistically contentious if we don’t act now

Clear conversations about next year’s exams are needed right away, writes Sharon Witherspoon The last two years have been…

Jess Staufenberg
Sharon Witherspoon


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