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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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What The History of Forceps Can Teach Us About Academies

 For 130 years the Chamberlen family kept a secret which, had it been shared, would have prevented decades of untimely deaths.  In the late 1500s, Peter Chamberlen – a London-based French surgeon – developed the first tool for successfully extracting live infants otherwise obstructed during labour.  Chamerberlen’s solution – the forcep – looked like a …

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