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‘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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Are educational networks the new panacea for system reform? Here’s how to ensure a more thoughtful approach

  Melanie Ehren.  In the last decade many countries have introduced policies to mandate or incentivise school networks. Examples are teaching school alliances and Multi-Academy Trusts in England, regional improvement consortia in Wales, area-learning communities in Northern Ireland, and networks

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Leadership and management
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