10 Apr 2014

As you will see, the alarming failure rate in academies has left the credibility of the programme in tatters, yet it goes on like a zombie risen from the dead.

23 Oct 2013

By Stephen J Ball FBA AcSS
Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education
The history of English education is very much a history of social class. The 1944 Education Act, the wartime government’s response to the great evil of ignorance, did little to interrupt that history. Rather it brought about a very modest loosening of the relationship between social class and educational opportunity. This was partly in relation to the raising of the school leaving age and partly by allowing some working class students access to grammar schooling via the 11+ examination system


18 Sep 2013

An Academic Debate?
Long Form News/Factual Winner 
An investigation into how the cost of the government’s academy schools programme went from nominal to astronomical and an assessment …

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24 Jun 2013

The NUT is helping organise a parents’ forum meeting in London on Sunday 30th June. The meeting will be attended and led by parents. It …

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2 May 2013

Despite improving children’s performance by significantly more than the national average, Gladstone Park Primary School in Dollis Hill, North-West London was rated “inadequate” by an Ofsted inspection in November 2012. This was based on progress in Years 3 to 5 being classed as too slow. However, results for the Autumn and Spring 2012/13 Terms now show that progress across Key Stage 2 year groups (Years 3 to 6) is well above expectations.

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