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Schools that foster and harness staff commitment perform better

Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson.  There are two things that people think they know about teachers.  One is that they are dedicated to their profession, motivated by a sense of “mission” rather than money.  The other is that

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Posted in Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants

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

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