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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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Why Education Reformers Can’t Just Ignore Democracy

 Democracy sucks. When an intelligent leader loves their people and has a clear vision for getting to utopia, having to explain your point so that people will vote for you is a massive inconvenience. All that voting and debating: it’s expensive, it slows down your brilliant plans and what if – after all that effort – the …

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