Academies after 2015

Academies after 2015

The PM speech today promised “new powers to force up to 3,500 coasting schools to accept new leadership” as part of a speech in which he also ring-fenced (in cash terms) the schools budgets for the next five years if the Conservatives win. Policy Exchange is cited in...
Premier League

Premier League

I have a very short piece in City AM today arguing for the continued relevance of league tables despite the hoo hah over various well known public schools being at the bottom due to a quirk in IGCSEs not being recognised. Let me expand beyond the 160 word limit to set...
Why linear A-levels will work best

Why linear A-levels will work best

As a senior leader and English teacher, the removal of coursework meant an end to the relentless chasing of year 11s for those essays that were always “on my computer at home”, alongside a suspicion that some pupils were getting far more guidance than others. But...
5 reasons why a return to grammar schools is a bad idea

5 reasons why a return to grammar schools is a bad idea

The single biggest predictor of how a child will do at the age of 16 is the educational qualifications of their parents. That stark fact ought to dominate education discussion in England, and any Secretary of State for Education should therefore have it as their...