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League table reform: New accountability arrangements in English schools

In this presentation, LKMco Director Loic Menzies summarises the key changes to school league tables. The presentation was prepared for Teach First’s Policy First network and draws heavily on a recent Schools Week colour supplement by the LKMco team – we recommend reading the full supplement for all the details. Inevitably, the nature of accountability and …

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Do we really need to ‘aggressively sell’ vocational education?

Although Michael Wilshaw’s speech on vocational education yesterday has been heavily criticised, looking past the headlines reveals a vision that could help end some of the sector’s long-running problems. When I read in today’s TES that apprenticeships should be “aggressively sold” I found it hard to see past my emotional reaction to the title: Aggressive sales …

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Could the Middle Tier look like THIS?

Yesterday Laura and I outlined the differences between Labour’s Director of School Standards and the Coalition’s Regional School Commissioners – both of which are solutions to The Big Middle Tier Problem (or “who should watch over schools to make sure they aren’t rubbish?”). Today we promised to reveal what we had been trying to persuade …

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