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05
Feb

What are the expectations of Ofsted?

I am in a privileged position where I have the opportunity to meet a variety of school leaders and visit a range of schools across the country. Over a cup of coffee and a...

17
Oct

Who should direct education policy: politicians or educationalists?

Before 1988, schools had education freedom. The freedom to control the UK curriculum. Schools were trusted to teach what they felt was 'right' and important for their pupils.

26
Sep

A solid curriculum is the key to a successful school

After over a decade of Government guidance on the curriculum, it seems that the 'tide has turned'. Ofsted now wants school leaders to take a 'whole school strategic approach...

22
Aug

Do we let pupils embrace technology?

Do we let pupils embrace technology? 

The world around us is changing at an amazing rate. This is well demonstrated by the YouTube video Shift happens. While some people...

01
Aug

What makes a good pupil tracking system?

Pupil tracking allows teachers and parents to better understand where a student is in their development. This is achieved by clearly identifying the pupil’s strengths and areas...

01
Feb

Mastering leadership through self-assessment

Is your curriculum bespoke? Does it form the basis of planning teaching and assessment? Do children have the opportunity to learn in depth through relevant experiences? These...

18
May

6 point summary for the future of your school

How does your school fit in with the government’s five year plan for education?

The government’s latest whitepaper outlines its vision for education for the next five years. ...