• Secondary moderns can be really great schools too

    “High scores” in school accountability measures does not always mean that grammars are better schools, says Ian Widdows The grammar school debate inevitably triggers passionate responses on both sides. But many of the arguments put forward share a common factor – an assumption that grammar schools are “superior” to their non-selective, secondary modern neighbours. A

    5.00 Apr. 1st, 2019 | Opinion

  • GCSE results 2018: Send us your (non-traditional) success stories!

    Teenagers across England will find out the results of their GCSEs tomorrow. Every year, Schools Week takes an alternative approach to reporting pupil success stories. Usually, we focus uniquely on those who attend secondary modern schools – non-selective schools that recruit from the same neighbourhood as grammar schools. We do this, not to ‘condone’ a selective school system, but

    14.44 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | Feature

  • Secondary moderns have dramatically improved their Ofsted grades

    More secondary moderns have moved from the lowest Ofsted ratings to good, leading some headteachers to say inspectors are recognising the impact of selection on their school data. Thirty times more secondary moderns were rated requires improvement or inadequate than grammar schools in 2013, a gap that has now narrowed to just ten times as

    5.00 May. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Ian Widdows, founder, National Association of Secondary Moderns

    For a man who almost named his organisation the Society for the Prevention of Attacks on Secondary Moderns just to be able to abbreviate it to SPASM, Ian Widdows’ views on grammar schools should surely be straightforward. He is against them, right? Secondary moderns are the poor neighbours who take in the 11-plus failures, OK?

    5.00 May. 9th, 2017 | Features

  • Ofsted inspectors receive no training on secondary moderns

    Ofsted inspectors have received no training on secondary modern schools, despite them operating in some of the toughest conditions in the country. Laurence Reilly, a headteacher who is also an Ofsted inspector, said HMIs had not been trained to recognise a “secondary modern” as a non-selective school sitting within a selective area. His comments at

    5.00 May. 6th, 2017 | News