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

Schools causing concern: proposals should focus on capacity to improve

Melanie Ehren. The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on ways to intervene in failing, underperforming and coasting schools. The document puts forward a new set of interventions specifically for ‘coasting’ schools, which are defined as those where

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management, Schools

Free school effects: an impartial review

Francis Green Do free schools raise the performance of nearby schools, as Policy Exchange have claimed, or is this a statistical mirage? There is a plausible argument that the opening of a free school in an area might spur other

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Schools

A National Teaching Service Mr Mainwaring?

Chris Husbands The news of a proposed re-make of Dad’s Army preceded by only a few days David Cameron’s announcement of a National Teaching Service: a ‘corps’ of ‘elite teachers’ to be deployed into ‘failing schools’ at short notice. Both

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Posted in Education policy, Schools, Teachers and teaching assistants

You say you want a cultural revolution? Policy borrowing from the East

Yun You When I first arrived in England in 2010, I was shocked by the then Education Secretary Michael Gove’s statement: “I’d like us to implement a cultural revolution just like the one they’ve had in China.” As a Chinese

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools