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How should primary schools be held to account?

ASCL today launched its Sense and Accountability report, which examines how primary schools are held to account and how this can be done better. I was delighted to play a small part in the production of this report, sitting on its expert panel. ASCL’s review builds on LKMco’s recent #TestingTheWater report, which explored how assessment can better …

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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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