Monthly Archives: January 2019

OFSTED’s worst practice – its four-grade scale – undermines the real advances in its new draft framework

Frank Coffield.  Ofsted has just issued a draft inspection framework for consultation which puts the curriculum at its heart. This is a welcome return to what inspectors used to value, namely the curriculum, although some fundamental questions remain, as John

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Supply and demand: Looking to the past to meet the inclusive challenge ahead

Rob Webster. It’s no secret pupil numbers are rising. By 2023, secondary mainstream schools will need to have found the space for an additional 376,000 young people. If current prevalence is any indication, we can expect at least 45,300 of

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Posted in Special educational needs and psychology

Remembering the Holocaust: a school’s story of compassion and connection

George Croxford.   The Wiltshire market town of Wootton Bassett is no stranger to remembrance and commemoration. Paying our respects, pausing to remember, to learn and show solidarity with those who grieve or suffer is perhaps what most people know

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Ofsted has turned our attention back to what makes a good curriculum. We now need better answers

 John White. Ofsted has begun consulting on a revised draft inspection framework. The inspectorate wants to move away from an over-reliance on results and to focus on how these have been achieved – ‘whether they are the result of broad

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A word to the wise: what does it mean to be an educated school-leaver?

  IOE Events. Through our What if… debates we have endeavoured to tackle the big, longstanding debates in education. This month we took on perhaps the biggest of them all: ‘knowledge vs skills’. Recent commentaries have brought greater nuance to the

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