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Ofsted “Inadequate” – the emblem of our toxic system

I’ve made the case time and time again that Ofsted Grading is a disaster.  For example in this post: Five Reasons to Ditch Ofsted Grades I’ve also made the case time and time again that our current accountability culture is excessive with very significant negative consequences for schools, leaders, teachers, children.. and by association, parents – … Continue reading

Don’t need this pressure on: Towards intelligent, sustainable accountability.

I wonder how much longer we will go down the accountability road we’re on before politicians, DFE, Ofsted and some of the beneficiaries of the current system realise just how bad things are; before they realise that they themselves are making things worse; before they change tack. You only have to read the powerful recent … Continue reading

The spirit of people in our system is incredible. 

In the last few weeks, I’ve been reminded time and time again about the very human, emotional side of being a student, of being a teacher and of leading in a school.  The spirit of people in our system is incredible. Here are some snapshots. An Oldham student with additional learning needs, working independently on … Continue reading

Mapping curriculum terrain: The beaten track and beyond.

When school leaders and teachers start reviewing their curriculum, there are so many complex considerations.  What to teach and why?  It’s a huge question. At the macro, big picture scale, there’s a need to consider overarching principles and values – because these ideas inform or dictate the decisions that are taken.  Which subjects to teach and … Continue reading

Solutions and reality checks in the exclusion/inclusion debate. #pinballkids

The RSA Pinball Kids Initiative. There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about exclusions from schools with a string of newspaper articles exploring the theme: The news of rising fixed-term and permanent exclusions is covered by The Guardian here. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jul/19/sharp-rise-in-pupil-exclusions-from-english-state-schools This report describes some responses – the ‘Wild West system of exclusion … Continue reading

The Chartered College of Teaching. Who counts?

I want to explore two issues in this post.  Firstly, who and what is the Chartered College of Teaching for?   I am reading a lot of commentary on twitter focusing on its role in giving teachers a voice.  This then fuels the second issue – who should be on the Council leading the College?  It’s … Continue reading

Ofsted Inspection is Deeply Flawed – says a serving inspector.

As someone who has raised multiple concerns about the validity of inspection processes over several years, I often receive messages from people on the receiving end.   This year alone, at least 10 different people have shared their bad experiences; their feelings of injustice, insecurity, demoralisation, disillusionment – after an Ofsted inspection that has taken them … Continue reading

The inspirational story of Cardiff’s Eastern High School.

This week I had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Armando and Innes, Head and Deputy Head at Eastern High School in Cardiff at a Headteachers’ conference run by the school improvement team GwE in North Wales.  The story of how they have turned this school around is truly inspirational. Joining the school (Armando … Continue reading

Why @researchEd1 is so brilliant. And necessary.

One of the most exciting elements of the education scene in the last five years…. no, let me start again….. THE most exciting element of the education scene in the last five years as far as I’m concerned,  has been the emergence and expansion of the ResearchEd movement started by Tom Bennett in 2013.   Supported … Continue reading

Toxic tough talk is still killing us and needs to stop.

Although I’m an optimistic by nature and see lots of wonderful things happening in our system, this is something that still bothers me…. so I’m going to off-load about it. I remember hosting a Headteachers’ event at my school – when I had one – when a well-informed policy thinktank person laid out some home … Continue reading

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