Key Themes and Recommendations Contained in the House Of Lords’ Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

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One of the key recommendations of a report published by the House of Lord’s Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement in April of this year is that the government should implement statutory entitlement to citizenship education from the start of primary school until the end of secondary school. The report acknowledges the potential strain that this will put on …

Fair to fine? – Schools found to practice ‘off-rolling’ could face financial penalties.

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Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner, wants the government to consider ‘fining schools’ found to have excluded pupils for the purpose of trying to improve their exam results – a practice known as “off-rolling”. The DfE has announced a review into exclusions and as part of the review Ms Longfield declared “I’ll be making the case for the government to look at …

We’ve taken the pledge!

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Admittedly, words I was not expecting to be writing any time soon, However, rather than a pledge around Pinot, Absolut and Rioja, we’re committing to Partnership, Access and Recruitment. Since starting PAG we’ve been a big believer in leading by example. When we speak to clients about setting up and governing schools we do so from a position where we …

Back to the future for Maths Free Schools

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In what we expect to be a busy few days for the Free Schools programme, DfE today launched the process for new 16-19 Maths Free Schools. In a change from the standard process for free schools and that which was followed for the previous Maths Schools, proposers are being asked to complete an initial expression of interest, following which they …

National Curriculum 2014: The Story so Far

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Curriculum remains a popular subject of debate in the education sector (as it should!). According to a Policy Exchange think tank report, the National Curriculum 2014 (NC2014) was an attempt to address the mistakes of predecessor national curricula. The report noted that England had two problems. One was a problem of excellence: the outcomes of the schools’ system were not …

Stick, Twist or Fold? What next in the febrile academy trust space?

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The noise around academy trusts merging with other trusts continues to increase. Comments from academies minister Lord Agnew in November 2017suggested a minimum figure of 12-20 schools for a viable MAT and advised smaller trusts to seriously consider merging. Subsequently, Sir David Carter stated the minimum size for a trust should be 1,200 pupils. He also encouraged mergers to enable …

Demography is the reason northern pupils are behind, not school effectiveness

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A report published by the think tank Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) clarified that pupils in the north are one GCSE grade behind pupils in London. In their attainment 8 scores in 2017, disadvantaged northern pupils are 6.5 points behind their London counterparts. Whilst it is widely assumed that school effectiveness is the primary cause of pupils in the north falling …

Government unveil £40,000 bursary available for ex-service personnel to train as teachers

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As part of the Armed Forces Covenant (the nation’s promise to those who serve or have served), the government unveiled a £40,000 bursary available to ex-service personnel to retrain as teachers. Anyone who has left full-time employment in the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Airforce in the last five years will be eligible to access the bursary, which will …

Durand Academy Trust start campaign against takeover by Harris Federation

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Following a string of well-publicised governance and financial disputes, it was announced this week that Durand Academy Trust has hired an external consultant to campaign against the forced takeover of the trust by the Harris Federation. No stranger to controversy, the Durand Academy Trust made headline news following an initial judgement in the High Court which quashed an Ofsted report …

On the Business of Education Leadership

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The question of whether business leaders with no teaching experience can become successful Headteachers and MAT CEOs has been around for some time, with devotees in both camps offering valid reasons for agreeing or disagreeing. A breakthrough of sorts occurred three years ago when a businesswoman with no teaching experience known as ‘the queen of trucks’ was appointed to one …