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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.

Courtesy of Birmingham Mail

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:


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.


The Education and Adoption Bill 2015-16 will enable the secretary of state to, through her regional schools commissioners, to require ‘coasting’ schools to convert to become sponsored academies. Governors who oppose these measures will be removed. In practice, before the passage of this bill, a number of schools, academy trusts and DfE academy ‘brokers’ may have ignored the provisions of the 2010 Academies Act, which required all schools proposing to convert, forced or not, to consult parents.