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Schools: how did ‘accountability’ become a synonym for punishment and control? And can we change its meaning?

Melanie Ehren.  Educational accountability, as defined in scholarly work, simply means the extent to which schools or other institutions are held accountable for their behaviour and performance by others. Answerability for performance is at the core of this relationship, where

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Posted in Leadership and management

TIMSS 2015: do teachers and leaders in England face greater challenges than their international peers?

Toby Greany and Christina Swensson.  This is the third in a series of blogs that delve below the headline findings from the 2015 Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS)[1]. In this blog, we focus on how the perceptions

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Posted in International comparisons, Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants

Will the leopard change its spots? A new model of inspection for Ofsted

Frank Coffield,  Does Ofsted do more harm than good? I have examined the evidence which shows that, despite some clear benefits of inspection, Ofsted’s methods are invalid, unreliable and unjust. A report from the Education Policy Institute, for example, concluded

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Leadership and management, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Priorities for a new Government: advice from our academics part 5 – Muslims, education and citizenship; teacher retention

The IOE blog has asked colleagues from across the Institute what’s at the top of their wish list. Their replies have appeared over the past few weeks. Muslims, education and citizenship Given the present turbulent and divisive environment, how should a new Government approach

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management, Teachers

Manchester: betrayal and belonging in a welcoming city

Kathryn Riley.  One of my favourite photographs shows two handsome women, elegantly dressed in black, with mantillas draped over their heads. They’re talking animatedly to a smiling male figure dressed in white. He’s wearing a skull cap. A sense of

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Posted in Leadership and management, Social sciences and social policy