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Playing Politics with Inspection – are British values community cohesion revisited?

“Every school – whatever its intake and wherever it is located – is responsible for educating children and young people who will live and work in a country which is diverse in terms of cultures, religions or beliefs, ethnicities and social backgrounds” Tonight’s speech by Nicky Morgan at London’s exclusive Carlton club was big on …

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The coastal question: Ofsted and the new frontiers in education research

New data reveals that whilst 90% of Secondary schools serving areas classified as “ethnicity central” are graded good or outstanding, this figure is as low as 58% in areas classified as “hard pressed living” and “constrained city dwellers”. It’s not news that our state education system produces different results in different parts of the country. …

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Ofsted and Performance Related Pay: Prescription under a cloak of autonomy

Ofsted is making reference to performance related pay (PRP) in almost half of its inspection reports and comments suggest that PRP is not just about autonomy and flexibility but about tying earnings to pupil outcomes. We scoured the 410 Ofsted reports published between the 18th of November and 1st of December 2013 searching for references …

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