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The Problem of the Free Schools & Academies “Inquiry”

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 Network, Ofsted got a hand in via Mike …

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2nd Education Select Committee – School Partnerships & Collaboration

Today was the second Education Select Committee on the topic of “School Partnership & Collaboration“. You can watch again here. The first session was held mid-June and that one asked: “Is collaboration a good thing?” (Answer: “Yes, duh”). Today’s session was more meaty and asked: Should Ofsted reward collaboration, and What is the role of …

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Today’s presentation of the Ofsted Annual Report from Sir Michael Wilshaw to the Education Select Committee

This morning Wilshaw presented the Osfted Annual Report to the Education Select Committee and below you can find live tweets from the event. There were four recurring areas: Wilshaw, like The Academies Commission, is particularly keen on school to school collaboration to improve standards, especially for schools in disadvantaged areas. Ofsted are considering recommending that National …

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Sponsored academies *have* improved faster than other schools. But only a bit!

Sponsored academies have improved more than other schools, but only by 0.7% when compared to similar schools. The DfE press release yesterday reported that that results in sponsored academies had increased by 3.1% compared to 0.6% in other schools. This claim was repeated amongst others by The Guardian but there is a simple reason for this figure: Sponsor academies are …

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