‘Grammar schools are also popular with parents, with around 15 pupils choosing a selective school as their first preference for every 10 selective places offered.’Department for Education Press release: 11 February 2019Does the data back up the claim?The answer is Yes, according... Read more

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Young people are right to care about the future.  But marching while skipping school is only one, and not necessarily the most...

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When environment secretary Michael Gove was secretary of state for education, he presented himself as an iconoclast taking on...

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Probably the most important short statement ever made about teaching and learning is this from Vygotsky.

As we know from...

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Geoff Barton, ASCL general secretary, attacked  former education secretary Michael Gove at the union’s annual conference in...

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Death by a thousand cuts is a lingering loss of life by a thousand small slices.  It could easily be a metaphor for the school...

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Inspiration Trust, the multi-academy trust (MAT)  linked to schools minister Lord Agnew, has received a letter saying the...

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It’s full-speed ahead for promoting academisation at the Department for Education (DfE).  Education secretary Damian Hinds...

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Starting on Monday, 25 February at 13.45 on Radio 4, The Secret History of a School follows the history of one school, St...

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The amount given in ‘exceptional grants’ to academies to stabilise their accounts in the financial year 2018/19 was nearly twice...

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Great Yarmouth Primary Academy (GYPA), run by Inspiration Trust which is linked to schools minister Lord Agnew, has been placed...

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Floreat Silver Meadow primary school was due to open in September 2018 in a brand-new building.   But the long-awaited school,...

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The Great Yarmouth Charter Academy, which won notoriety when it opened in September 2017 for saying sick pupils should vomit in...

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Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, and the campaign group Save our Schools are organising a day of protest...

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'We [the Treasury] were able to increase the education budget by £1.3 billion last year...', the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss told...

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Turner Schools ‘blazed’ into Folkestone ‘a few years ago’, claims an article in the local council’s magazine.   An unfortunate...

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Schools minister Lord Agnew continues to be involved in Inspiration Trust, the multi-academy trust (MAT) running academies in...

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Great Yarmouth Primary Academy (GYPA), run by Inspiration Trust which is linked to schools minister Lord Agnew, has been placed...

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The values of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust are ‘clear, explicit and shared across the trust’, Ofsted wrote in its second...

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