• Let’s move towards graduation at 18

    Tristram Hunt is right to suggest a move away from exams at 16-plus. But there’s a danger in his proposals for a 14-19 curriculum Most developed countries have graduation at 18. Few tests are taken at 16-plus and if they are, they are restricted to core subjects. The OECD found in 2011 that just 15

    7.00 Jun. 27th, 2015 | Opinion

  • ‘If I were education secretary (again)...’

    Secondary schools have become an increasingly diverse and rather chaotic gathering. It seems to be held together (more or less) by Ofsted and the examination system, with huge emphasis on league tables and exam grades to the detriment of creativity and imagination. The result is the imposing of great stress on youngsters in the later

    6.00 May. 8th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Why do secondary pupils pick easier reading books than primary pupils?

    James Bell, Director of Professional Services at Renaissance Learning, discusses the challenges of the secondary transfer and the impact this can have on student progression, as well as what can be done to combat any negative effects. Just as moving house or job can be stressful and require a period of settling in, the move

    6.00 Apr. 15th, 2015 | Opinion

  • The complicated 'truths' of the SAT resit debate

    The Conservatives will force year 7 pupils to resit their SAT exams if they don’t achieve a level 4 while at primary school. Is it a good idea? The answer isn’t as black and white as we may initially believe.   Things that are true – Children who don’t get a level 4 in English

    12.56 Apr. 8th, 2015 | Opinion

  • The myth busters

    Education bursts with myths: such as teachers don’t need qualifications, local authorities control schools and academies raise standards. But there are more, all of them easy to disprove. And it’s vital that they are Many things widely supposed in education to be true, simply aren’t. It’s widely supposed that choice, competition and markets are the

    7.30 Mar. 15th, 2015 | Opinion

  • David Cameron has NOT built the most new schools in history

    In a press release today, the Department for Education claims: “This move brings the total number of free school places created since 2010 to almost a quarter of a million, making this policy the most successful new schools programme in national history with schools being created more quickly than ever before.” Except…. There are now

    11.14 Mar. 9th, 2015 | Opinion

  • Can you leave school when you turn 16?

    Businesses benefit in all sorts of ways when they take on a young apprentice. It’s now financially easier too — and they can start the day they turn 16. Some kids are just not academically minded, it doesn’t interest them and they would rather be getting their hands into something practical. The kid may be

    7.30 Dec. 13th, 2014 | Opinion