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Every child still matters; Communities still need cohesion

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,134 views

Until Michael Gove came along, government policy was to make schools more explicitly responsible for tackling a range of social issues under the two umbrella strategies of Every Child Matters and Community Cohesion. The five strands of Every Child Matters were: Be…

The QTS debate

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 946 views

This week has seen yet another massively important issue tossed around in a cavalier fashion by politicians and media folk. It’s the all-too-common attack-as-defence routine:  ie – here is my view and you must be a complete idiot/light-weight/joke/hypocrite/fascist if you…

Frontline stories – My darkest school days

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Over the years, working in a range of contexts, I’ve encountered some extraordinary scenarios that have challenged me immensely. Being a teacher isn’t always about teaching; sometimes it’s about being the person responsible for holding someone’s life together; or stopping…

OfQual insights: More thoughts on exams

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 1,170 views

This week I met Glenys Stacey, the CEO of OfQual. She’d invited me to share views about aspects of the examination system. I had previously met Amanda Spielman, the Chair of OfQual – where she offered advice on our Baccalaureate model. OfQual leaders…

Exam reform. Another blog manifesto

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 1,316 views

I’ve written quite a few posts about exams and assessment in the last year. Some of the earlier ones were a bit of a rant; more recently, I think they are more measured. Through this blog and other related activities…

Assessment, standards and the bell curve

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 8,461 views

After announcements about new proposals for KS2 assessment, the issues around relative and absolute standards are getting a working over. Director of The Institute of Education, Chris Husbands, has written a thoughtful blog on some of the issues. I’ve had personal reasons…

The anatomy of high expectations

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,955 views

A lot has been written in the last week about the experience of able learners in state schools. The OfSTED report published last week was widely reported in terms of failure, despite using a small evidence base of 41 schools and subsequent…

Thoughts on school admissions

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Having always been a comprehensive school student and then a comprehensive school teacher for 17 years, I still feel like an observer rather an insider now that I work in a selective school. I am challenged on the validity of…

Towards a proper English Baccalaureate

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 2,170 views

Before joining KEGS as Head, I used to work as Head of Secondary at the British International School in Jakarta. It was an extraordinary experience on many levels. One of the features of the school that gave us confidence that…

Raising the bar

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 13,803 views

From my perspective, a number of recent discussions and policy initiatives have missed the target when it comes to tackling the issue of educational under-performance in our schools. Even where I agree with the diagnosis, the prescribed medicine doesn’t seem…

Accountability we can trust

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,464 views

I’m convinced that our existing accountability framework is preventing schools from improving at the pace that they could be or in the way that they should be. OfSTED and Performance Tables dominate the thinking of too many Heads and teachers…

From the archive: My blog manifesto for education

/ July 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM 9,398 views

This post is merely a way to highlight the posts on my blog that, collectively, might represent a manifesto for change: 1. Reforming our Qualifications and Assessment Framework to provide a unifying, inclusive umbrella for the achievements of all learners: Towards a Proper…