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Why Are White "Working Class" Students Falling Behind? -
Last week's Education Select Committee on White Working Class Underachievement was an example of how education debate can vacillate between the eminently sensible and the entirely bonkers at a rapid pace. First, the oddnesses.  Probably the best of the weirdness was when David Ward, a Liberal Democrat MP, argued that he couldn't understand definitions of working class...
Do struggling schools improve? -
By Loic Menzies, LKMco Director It is an article of faith amongst those of us with a passion for school improvement that schools can improve. It is therefore worrying that research by Andy Smarick and Tom Loveless in America shows only a small proportion of schools achieve turnaround (also here). Having seen so many successful turnarounds, I find Smarick's work hard...
The Simplest Way To Solve Several Ofsted Problems -
It's fashionable at present to beat up Ofsted, the service that inspects schools. Having attended a failing school where I prayed for the day when Ofsted would turn up and condemn the school (they eventually did) I am a fan of some independent checks on schools.  Could the system be better though? Sure. Back in May I posited one simple idea which I still think would make...
Today's Parliamentary Education Questions -
This was the first Education Questions session in the Commons since Tristram Hunt took his role as Shadow Education Secretary. After a mixed showing at the QTS Debate and excellent appearance on Newsnight expectations were high that Hunt would deliver some clear critiques of Gove's policies and begin to effectively question the Coalition's delivery of key policies - e.g....

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