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  • Progress 8 and the categorisation of subjects

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    With the introduction of Progress 8 it has become clear that Government policy has been couched in terms designed to minimise media or opposition criticism.  The result is a lack of clarity, with schools trying to second guess any inferred intentions behind the words. If you don’t believe...

  • Should we still be grouping students by ability?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    We all remember the embarrassment of grouping as a kid when we found out that the teacher placed us in the low ability reading group. Even though the teacher separated us into groups with cute names or colours, we quickly looked around at who else was in the group and we realised we were in the...

  • Ofsted Chief Inspector condemns league tables

    By Rachel Lancashire, 24 Jan 2020

    Ofsted Chief Inspector condemns some primary and secondary schools that put league tables above the interests of students. But why are we surprised when the pressure is on to deliver exam grades? By Rachel Lancashire It’s always a contentious issue when the...

  • Home Based Education: A Better Option?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    During the last ten years, home schooling, or home based education, has risen 361%. Is this just an increasing popular option for families or a damning verdict on state school education? Are parents, more than ever, turning towards home education because of the lack of faith in public education?...

  • What can schools do to retain more good teachers?

    By Rachel Lancashire, 24 Jan 2020

    Since being just four years old and up until quite recently, I always thought that teaching was the only career in the world for me. A little like salt and pepper and cheese and onion, I seemed to be paired with teaching from a very early age. I loved school and I loved playing school. I would...

  • Student loans. What are the alternatives?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Tuition fees and living costs are a growing burden on those seeking to continue their education after school.  Loans can mean that students leave university with debts of up to £50000. It is a frightening thought for young people and their parents who will, in many cases, end up footing some...

  • The importance of SATs tests and their role in education

    By Rachel Lancashire, 24 Jan 2020

    Being a primary school teacher for nine years, I feel suitably well qualified to write about the importance of SATs tests and can write from two perspectives: my head and my heart, as a teacher and as a parent. The acronym SATs will do one of three things to you. It will either fill you with...

  • Pupils and Politics – what is the role of the school?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Turnout for the last election from younger voters was the highest ever seen.   The recently held Scottish Independence referendum reduced the age of enfranchisement to sixteen.  After decades of apathy and disinterest (hardly ever addressed by politicians) the young of the United...

  • Is the secondary school curriculum fit for purpose?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    As students come to the end of the GCSE exam period, a collective sigh of relief can be heard all over the country: parents, pupils and teachers. Come the third week of August and there will undoubtedly be a sharp intake of breath for all concerned as students receive their results - and this year...

  • State v Independent – dispelling some myths?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Independent Schools?  Full of old blokes in tweed jackets and leather arm patches, set seats in the Common Room, sherry at four and pupils doffing their boaters before going off for a spot of Eton Fives and a dash down to the Dorm. State Schools?  Always on strike, kids up the walls and...