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Challenges facing school governors

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education. Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country, and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most efficacious schools demonstrate successful leadership and management – including by the governing body.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools, and they appoint the headteacher and deputy. In some schools, it is the governors who hold the main responsibility for finance, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Continue reading “Challenges facing school governors”

Posted in Assessment, research, SEND, Uncategorized

Dyslexia: overlooked and left behind?

Every year, SATs results and other national testing shows that too many children and young people are not meeting expected levels in literacy, with 1 in 5 children leaving primary school below the national expected levels in reading, writing and mathematics.[1]

If you cannot learn to read, you cannot read to learn, and too many children are unable to access the curriculum due to poor reading skills. It is these children who then become disengaged and leave school with few, or no qualifications, resulting in significantly reduced opportunities. Continue reading “Dyslexia: overlooked and left behind?”

Posted in creativity, education, National Curriculum, Uncategorized

The end of the road for creativity?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have seen, or at least heard, recent news stories focussed on changes to the curriculum. What some of you may not know is that academies are not required to offer any arts or creative subjects in order to be seen as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Continue reading “The end of the road for creativity?”

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The future of the national curriculum?

Apprenticeship report launch at Bridgend College

The House of Lords has published a report claiming that scrapping the national curriculum for pupils over the age of 14 and taking careers advice away from schools could help young people make better choices about their future. Continue reading “The future of the national curriculum?”

Posted in academy conversion, policy, school business management, school governance, Secondary

The All-out Academisation Debate

On 17 March, the DfE’s White Paper set the course for another wave of changes to crash over the education sector. Now, despite the promise of “significant changes to teacher qualifications which will recognise teachers for the experts that they are, and give teaching the same status as doctors and lawyers”, teachers are gearing up to march in protest of arguably the most major pledge in the paper − “a blueprint for a system of full academisation”.[1] Continue reading “The All-out Academisation Debate”