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Which countries punch above their weight in education rankings?

Rankings of countries based on how well their students perform in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) always receive a great deal of attention from the media and politicians. But PISA rankings, produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, are limited when it comes to evaluating the quality of education systems and their efforts to improve children’s lives.

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Small Heath School take fourth day of strike action against plans to turn the school into an academy.

NUT, NASUWT and ATL members at Small Heath School, Birmingham are taking their 4th day of strike action on November 18th
Please send messages of support c/o Simon O’Hara NUT rep: jo_simon@yahoo.co.uk

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‘Free’ schools demand money from parents

Whitehall Park ‘Free’ school in Islington is demanding that parents pay into a special fund to pay for trips. It is asking parents to prove that they have paid in. Unfortunately parents with family budgets under stress from the Chancellor’s austerity programme are not paying up.

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School’s out for Harris academy teachers in turnover that ‘should ring alarm bells’

One of England’s largest and most successful academy chains is seeing hundreds of teachers leave its schools each year, to be replaced by new staff. More than 1,000 teachers have left schools in the Harris Federation over the past three academic years, according to a freedom of information request provided to Bridget Chapman, chair of the Anti Academies Alliance.

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The Harris Federation and Ofsted – What’s really going on?

Last week the Anti Academies Alliance received an anonymous letter by post to our PO Box regarding the Upper Norwood Harris Academy. It makes some very serious allegations regarding Ofsted.

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