National secretary's blog

10 Oct 2013

The Secretary of State for Education has hitched his fortunes to the success of “free” schools. So after the debacle at Pimlico primary yesterday, Gove and his sidekick Lord Nash must be feeling a little seasick.
One of the additional hazards of being an unpopular education minister is that the people who work for you can sometimes want to torpedo you.
Last week the Anti-Academies Alliance received, anonymously, a pile of documents through the post. We are not sure where the data comes from or its veracity. But having, analysed it we believe Mr Gove has some questions to answer.

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26 Sep 2013

Rumour has it that policy wonks in the DfE are hard at work on how to manage “market failures”.
Indeed the number of failing academies is soaring. But then ‘failure’ is hardwired into a system of rationed exam success, the ever-changing goalpost of OFSTED and unbridled greed of ‘social entrepreneurs’ who now claim they have a special responsibility to transform education. Peter Hyman – pass the sick bucket please.

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19 Sep 2013

Staff at Gloucester Academy are concerned about the management of their school. The AAA was contacted anonymously this week after teachers were told that Head teacher, John Reilly, had ‘stepped down’. This being an academy, they were too frightened to speak out publicly. They believe Reilly was sacked and they have no faith in Prospects their academy sponsor.


21 Jun 2013

By Alasdair Smith
Stephen Twigg has made some important moves in the right direction this week – re asserting that every child should have a qualified teacher is perhaps the most important – but there remains a hesitancy to tackle the corrosive legacy of Gove’s market reforms. Twigg seems to content merely to tweak Gove’s system. But is that enough?

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