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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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More than the sum of its parts: How London’s boroughs helped drive success

 This is the first in a series of blogs we will be publishing this week exploring some of the themes to emerge from our Centre for London/CfBT Report, Lessons from London Schools London is not just a city, it is a region divided into 33 boroughs. Every borough has had a different school improvement trajectory and …

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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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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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