Tuning in briefly this morning to Amanda Spielman’s presentation of her first report as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector; the answer to the above question is “yes”. I briefly started to tweet a thing or two but more pressing issues around admission lists, the Research School and Directors’ meetings started to occupy my day. Continue reading
Imagine the Department for Education offered you £100, 000 to do either:
a) Employ two more senior leaders to monitor and improve the quality of teaching in your school
b) Give every teacher an hour or two additional non-contact time per week to collaboratively plan learning, assess gaps in pupils’ knowledge and support pupils who were behind with their learning.
Instinctively I’m drawn towards b); systemically we have implemented a) across schools in England for the past few decades. Continue reading
If the English Education System is to move forward it has to address a long tail of underachievement. This underachievement can be greater for certain groups of pupils; disadvantaged, particularly white working class, looked after children and those with special educational needs. The move towards greater equity, in terms of educational outcomes, is likely to be achieved as we become more inclusive as a system. Continue reading