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When it comes to Ofsted’s judgments about school inclusion, context is everything

 Rob Webster. Last week, Schools Week reported on an academy in Dorset that had controversially retained its ‘outstanding’ grade despite Ofsted inspectors’ notes revealing that ‘dozens of pupils leave each year’. The inspection was triggered by concerns over ‘exceptional levels

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, Special educational needs and psychology

‘Loss of self’ and the accountability culture: why teachers are leaving the profession at a worrying rate

Jane Perryman.  I used to be a teacher and, like so many others, I left the profession. Perhaps this is why I’m so interested in finding out more about the long-standing problem of teacher attrition. Why do so many qualified

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Baseline assessment: will early childhood education be further commercialised?

Guy Roberts-Holmes.  Last month the Department for Education (DfE) invited primary schools to volunteer to take part in the national Reception Baseline Assessment 2 (RBA2) test pilot planned for September 2019. If successful, it will be made statutory for all

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education

Taking back control of school accountability

IOE events. This month our What if…? debate tackled a reoccurring theme from the series – how we hold schools to account and the impact that has on how schools are run and what they provide for their pupils. This issue

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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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