• Why the DfE's plan to spend £2.3m on cost-cutting consultants is a great deal for schools

    My twitter timeline heated up a bit last night when I saw quite a lot of negativity to the Schools Week Story about the DfE spending £2.3m on a ‘new army of cost-cutting consultants, set up to help schools save money’. This was seen as a universal waste of money – why not just give

    13.50 Aug. 31st, 2018 | Opinion

  • Trustees beware: know your legal duties!

    If there is a single part of the academy system that needs our urgent attention, it is trusteeship, argues Leora Cruddas There is still much that is misunderstood about the differences between governing a local authority-maintained school, governing a single academy trust and governing a multi-academy trust. At its most extreme, this lack of understanding

    5.00 Feb. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Challenge: How governors can challenge school leaders effectively, by David Marriott

    How can governors challenge school leaders effectively? That’s a mighty difficult question to answer in such a short book. Challenge is one of those ethereal aspects of governance: you know it when you see it. As the author says: “Going beyond paying lip service to ’challenge’ is this book’s key focus.” As a national leader

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2018 | Reviews

  • NAHT: Senior leader recruitment getting even worse

    Schools are increasingly struggling to recruit senior leaders, with the proportion of heads failing to hire a new assistant head or principal almost double what it was last year. The NAHT union’s annual recruitment survey has found that 19 per cent of leaders failed to fill one of these vacancies this year, up from 10

    0.01 Nov. 24th, 2017 | News

  • School business leaders are on the front line

    It’s foolish not to include business managers in all aspects of school planning, argues Paul Whiteman Like many of our school business leader members, I take exception to school business leadership being described as a ‘back office’ function. It’s irritating and misleading in so many ways. SBLs aren’t typically getting their hands dirty in the

    5.00 Nov. 16th, 2017 | Opinion

  • What qualities will future teachers need?

    As facts become more easily accessible, the role of the teacher is changing. Teachers of the future will need both more authority… and less authority, argues Andy Hargreaves Many of us think a lot about the future, what it will be like to live in a world of robots, a world where there’s more technology,

    12.30 Nov. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofsted: Small private school leaders don't know how to improve teaching

    Small private schools are not failing Ofsted inspections because they refuse to teach British values, as the media has suggested, but because their leaders are often unqualified and don’t know how to improve teaching. Ofsted is responsible for inspecting 1,080 non-association private schools, schools that don’t belong to a membership organisation like the Independent Schools

    5.00 Nov. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Leadership of school leadership is a white male preserve

    The new board of the Foundation for Leadership in Education is all white and nearly all male – a fact which in no way reflects the reality of the sector it claims to represent, argues Dr Kate Chhatwal If the role of a board of trustees is to set the tone at the top, I’m

    5.00 May. 27th, 2017 | Opinion