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...
The case for universal Academisation

The case for universal Academisation

“A tale….full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” Macbeth Act V, Scene V. Since the announcement in the Budget on Wednesday that all schools will move to Academy status, the airwaves and social media forums have been full of those proclaiming that...
How to solve the ‘teacher recruitment crisis’

How to solve the ‘teacher recruitment crisis’

This week, half a million families discovered the secondary school place their child has secured for next year. Ensuring each of those children get a great education, no matter their background, relies day in and day out on the efforts of around 450,000 teachers...