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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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CO-CONSTRUCTION? LET’S BUILD IT TOGETHER!

Frank Coffield At the end of a recent conference, we were invited to share what we’d learned and one student offered: “What I’ve learned today is that we should build co-construction together.” Another conference opened with this remark from a

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Politicians should be held accountable when their pet experiments fail

Frank Coffield The closure of a third ‘free’ school, this time in Durham, raises some very serious issues for our whole education system and for our democracy. The coalition government invested £900,000 of taxpayers’ money in the Durham free school

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How England’s emetic testing regime is causing new academic diseases

Frank Coffield Students are contracting a new disease – bulimia academica – defined as repeated bouts of bingeing on information and regurgitating it in exams. The pressures on students to obtain the best possible grades have become so intense that

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There’s no such thing as ‘best practice’

Frank Coffield For over 30 years a central plank in the reform programme for education of all governments has been the strategy of identifying and disseminating ‘best practice’. There’s only one thing wrong with this approach: there’s no such thing,

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