Monthly Archives: April 2020

It looked as though our regulators were finally willing to trust teachers – but Ofqual’s latest guidance suggests otherwise

  Mary Richardson. Over recent decades England has seen the gradual erosion of trust in teachers and in teaching as a profession. This suspicion and casual condemnation happens across many public spheres and is most prominent during August each year

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Education and Covid-19: why we need inspections when schools are shut down

Melanie Ehren. Ofsted’s decision to suspend  all routine inspection from 17 March quickly became irrelevant, as schools closed and staff scrambled to organise distance learning and to support parents in homeschooling their children. Now that the lockdown looks set to

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There is a chance to create a better world but it will require collective effort, reflection and remembrance of lessons from this crisis

Farid Panjwani. There are no natural disasters, only natural phenomena. We call some of them disasters because of their human consequences. Coronavirus is no exception. As a phenomenon it threatens us all in the same biological ways. But, as a

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In memory of Professor Harvey Goldstein (1939-2020): living by the evidence

Gemma Moss. Harvey Goldstein, who has died of Covid-19 at the age of 80, has left a formidable legacy from his work, both as a statistician and as a campaigner for more careful scrutiny of assessment data in education –

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‘What put the goodness into your heart?’ the testimony of Bergen-Belsen survivors and how acts of compassion inspire us to face modern adversity

Ruth-Anne Lenga.  We find ourselves in extraordinarily troubling times. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us. Perhaps, now more than ever, it is important to remember defining moments of our collective history, in the hope we might be inspired

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