Next Sunday is the start of Advent, a time of preparation for Christmas. For many this has been the longest year of their lives; paradoxically where did the year go? Too many school leaders and staff are on their knees as they try to manage the on-going impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the season of goodwill starting in just over a month, here are five ideas that Messrs Williamson & Gibb could implement to prepare for Christmas and make up for their less than stellar performances so far this year.Continue reading
Ofsted has now completed its set of pilot “visits” to schools and will now start inspecting schools. We can only hope Ofsted will learn the lessons from the pilot – give schools a week’s notice of their visit and don’t issue any judgemental letter. Or better still accept that now is the time to leave school and school leaders to get on with their already challenging jobs.Continue reading
The key to re-thinking GCSEs is to consider their fundamental purpose. GCSEs, and their predecessor O-levels, were designed as an end point summative assessment of young people’s academic subject based attainment, at sixteen. However, young people are now required to stay in full-time education, start an apprenticeship/traineeship or spend 20+ hours a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training, until they are 18 years old. Sixteen is now a staging post rather than an end point.Continue reading