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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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Coalition Regional Commissioners vs. Labour School Directors – Who Wins?

By Laura McInerney (Policy Development Partner) and Matt Hood (guest writer). Today’s post is in Laura’s voice; tomorrow’s will be Matt’s. Today the Labour Party announced their vision for ‘Directors of School Standards’. This is hot on the heels of the Coalition’s ‘Regional Schools Commissioners’. And both are allegedly answers to The Big Middle Tier Problem (aka …

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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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