Every school contains a story of how educational inequalities emerge

At the launch of the Social Market Foundation’s Commission into Educational Inequalities a couple of weeks ago, the observation that regional inequalities had widened since the 1970s garnered a great deal of interest. The analysis released by the Commission was just a starting point and I, alongside the other Commissioners (Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, [...]

By | January 28th, 2016|Exams and assessment, Pupil demographics|

Schools should be held accountable for all the pupils they teach

Secondary school performance tables report the attainment of the pupils who are present at the end of Key Stage 4 (KS4), some of whom have completed their entire secondary education at the school and others who have joined subsequently. But should the school be judged as equally responsible for the attainment of the child who [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|School accountability|

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in education in England

David Bowie sang “And every time I thought I'd got it made, It seemed the taste was not so sweet” (Changes, 1971). He could have been thinking about the changes which will happen over the next few years in government accountability systems – scaled scores at Key Stage 2 in 2016 and reformed GCSEs from [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Exams and assessment, School accountability|

Understanding pay differentials in senior leadership

Today at Mulberry School for Girls in east London (one of my PGCE placement schools well over a decade ago), headteachers and policy makers are coming together to consider how we can address the gender imbalance in headship in our schools. Not everyone agrees there is a problem that needs to be solved. As Andrew [...]

By | January 15th, 2016|Teacher careers|