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
Opinion

Is it illegal to run a vegetarian school?

The introduction of universal free school meals for infants this month means questions are being asked about their nutritional…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Should we care about no notice inspections?

In 2009, Ofsted trialled no notice inspections. This week they announced a second attempt. Liam Collins explains some unexpected…

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Tristram Hunt & the Speech of No Big Dreams: Day 1 Roundup of Labour Conference

Teachers returning to their classrooms after a mild September weekend would today be forgiven for believing two Tristram Hunts…

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
Opinion

Labour 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

Must Read

Research

How can ‘mixing it up’ and confusing students be good for them?

Interleaving can cause confusion, but it’s one that pays off – as long as it’s used within certain parameters,…

JL Dutaut
HARRY FLETCHER-WOOD
Literacy

Chronic under-investment in school libraries is harming life chances

New research shows primary school libraries in a parlous state nationally, and building back better won’t happen without them,…

JL Dutaut
JONATHAN DOUGLAS
Teacher training

Teachers need support to make the uncomfortable comfortable

We owe it to our students to tackle cultural faultlines with them – and to our teachers to ensure…

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ZAHARA CHOWDHURY

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…

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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

Exams: GCSE reform isn’t as simple as stick or twist

As clamour grows for post-Covid GCSE reform, it’s important we listen to the opinions of all those concerned, writes…

JL Dutaut
COLIN HUGHES
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…

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JO-ANNE BAIRD


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