The Future Outlook for Primary Schools

The Future Outlook for Primary Schools

In 1997, 67% of children attained a Level 4 in English and 62% in maths. Eighteen years later, 89% of children reached the expected standard in reading, 87% in writing, and 87% in maths. This is a story of a sector which has improved significantly over a time period...
Let our kids be kids – by not striking

Let our kids be kids – by not striking

This morning, thousands of children and parents went on strike in protest at the Year 2 SATs. A woman on the radio told a story about how her daughter had been placed under such intolerable pressure that she was coming home crying, and waking up with nightmares. As a...
Schools and the housing market

Schools and the housing market

The Fair Education Alliance, a laudable campaign which seeks to narrow educational inequality in the UK, recently released its ‘Report Card 2015’. Based on their five agreed ‘impact goals’, the report analyses differing levels of achievement between more and less...
Universal Academisation – what needs to happen? Part 1

Universal Academisation – what needs to happen? Part 1

I wrote last week about my argument for universal Academisation. If I was rewriting that now, with a critical eye, I’d be clearer that two of my arguments – addressing the conflict of interest, and creating the best system for continual improvement – are evergreen, or...
Universal Academisation – what needs to happen? Part 2

Universal Academisation – what needs to happen? Part 2

In part 1, I outlined some major changes to the way in which individual Academies are governed, to maintain a formal parental role both for the process of converting to an Academy, and also ongoing oversight. Below, I want to touch on some wider issues that need to be...