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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

Hot off the press: the IOE debates series for 2018/19

IOE Events. Last year we launched our new flagship events programme, which includes our much- loved debates series What if…? radical and inspiring ideas for alternative education futures. Through this series we bring together prominent speakers on education issues –

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A cultural reset: how to end the Ofsted inspection cycle of fear

Melanie Ehren.  In November 2017, Ofsted’s chief, Amanda Spielman, talked about one of the biggest problems in current education systems: the culture of fear and game-playing around school inspections, where educators for a long time have been guided by external

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Posted in accountability and inspection, International comparisons

Our greatest challenge: what is the best way to support the most challenged schools?

IOE Events.  The fifth in our ‘What if…?’ debates series, looking at how best to support the most challenged schools, featured the stellar line-up of the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, Sam Freedman of Teach First, Head of Passmores

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Education policy, Social sciences and social policy, Teachers and teaching assistants

‘Coasting schools’: learning from international ‘best practice’

Paul Morris and Christine Han. Shortly the Government will enact legislation to introduce the new category of ‘coasting school’ into the OFSTED Schools Inspection framework. Schools which are defined as ‘coasting’ will be required to provide a plan as to how

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, International comparisons
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