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Coalition Regional Commissioners vs. Labour School Directors - Who Wins? -
By Laura McInerney (Policy Development Partner) and Matt Hood (guest writer). Today's post is in Laura's voice; tomorrow's will be Matt's. Today the Labour Party announced their vision for ‘Directors of School Standards’. This is hot on the heels of the Coalition's ‘Regional Schools Commissioners’. And both are allegedly answers to The Big Middle Tier Problem (aka "...
Why Gove Can't Have It All Ways on Free Schools -
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Oh 2010, how long ago you seem. Back then Edu Secretary, Michael Gove, was forever exclaiming the virtues of his ‘Free Schools’ policy. It would unleash innovation, usher in a parental ‘big society’, and end the many (arguably media-created) ‘woes’ of state schools. Gove was so convinced free schools were the answer to a ‘crisis’...
Interactive Map! What's the % of Unpaid School Attendance Fines in Your Area? -
By Policy Development Partner, Laura McInerney In 2013, Kent LEA issued 3,994 penalty notices for parents of children with poor school attendance. In the same year, Thurrock reportedly issued none. Likewise, Warrington, Buckinghamshire, Sunderland, Rotherham and Southwark apparently didn't write up a single parent for their child's persistent absence. Though those areas...
The Problem of the Free Schools & Academies "Inquiry" -
By Laura McInerney, Policy Development Partner Today saw the 3rd Education Select Committee in the 'Free School & Academies Inquiry'.Several sessions are planned, and today's had a fascinating guest list: support for academies came from 'free market' advocate Gabriel Sahlgren an headteacher Dame Sally Coates, dissenting views from Henry Stewart of the Local Schools...

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