Two have been waiting for permanent buildings since 2012106 out of the just over 500 free schools* which have opened are in temporary accommodation, Freedom of Information shows.  43 of these opened recently in 2017 and 2018.  But two free schools have been waiting six years for... Read more

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Labour’s analysis of disadvantaged pupils currently in the sixteen grammar schools chosen to receive money from the Selective School...

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 A previous article entitled 'The Attainment Gap Exposed' has been deleted. This completed update replaces it.

 

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‘…we’ve long been technical education snobs in this country,’ said Education secretary Damian Hinds in a speech at Battersea Power Station...

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Twelve of the sixteen outstanding grammar schools ‘chosen’ for expansion haven’t been inspected for eight years or more.  Five* were last...

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This update of my article of 25 April 2016 has been prompted by the recent case of the children of a Syrian family being bullied and the...

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Outstanding schools inspections should increase but only when ‘concerns’ raised

Schools minister Nick Gibb asks Ofsted to review ‘its...

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One, Robert Owen Academy, closed permanently in August

43% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSEs in 2018 had a...

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Great Yarmouth Charter Academy ‘closed’ after just one year

Great Yarmouth Charter Academy opened on 1 August 2017 when...

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Writing for LSN in 2014, the late Maurice Holt noted the ‘transatlantic...

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Approval risks over-capacity after 2023/24

Applications to set up eight secondary/all-through free schools in Leicester...

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Gibb clearly rattled by cuts evidence

Cuts in Lewisham, Warrington, Leigh, Suffolk, Devon, East Sussex, Bolton…

Cuts...

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Prioritising data and results is endemic…

Ofsted has seen evidence of declining education quality driven by narrowing the...

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Test results at former Downhills are higher today, says Gibb

Test results at Harris Academy Philip Lane, formerly Downhills...

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Special needs pupils being let down

Councils spent nearly £100m in the past four years on fighting appeals against their...

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Hinds's defence (or is it defiance?) is ill-founded

The education secretary Damian Hinds defended the ‘broad thrust’ of data claims made by...

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Professor Becky Allen of the UCL Institute of Education has written important articles about the Pupil Premium (PP) that I discuss here and here...

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The present system in England harms all pupils

There’s something in the air – and it’s not just too-early Christmas music...

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Writing for LSN in 2014, the late Maurice Holt noted the ‘transatlantic...

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