Creating Opportunity for All? A wonkish plea for AP

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There were signs and there were rumours… There was the 2017 hybrid LA-DfE competition for special schools, which culminated in 14 of 19 Local Authorities appointing providers for their new schools (a partial success in the face of a flawed process). There were rumblings that independent schools would no longer be able to convert into the state sector via the …

MDIF ICFP (Annex K) – well done DfE!

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The timing is a little ironic; a story praising an approach taken by the DfE and everyone’s on half term! Nevertheless, praise where and when it is due. There was an audible groan of frustration heard at PAG towers when the Multi Academy Trust Development & Improvement Fund (MDIF) approval letter hit the mats of our client MATs. It appeared …

40 Years on from the Warnock Report

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40 years ago, the report from the Committee of Enquiry into the Education of Handicapped Children and Young People, chaired by Mary Warnock, radically changed the educational picture for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The report introduced the term ‘special educational need’, to identify any child who needed extra or different support, and posited that, at the …

Has the Secretary of State damaged Academy Trusts’ development prospects?

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While headlines around grammars and the faith cap took all the headlines, comments from Damian Hinds in his speech to the National Association of Head Teachers on 4th May are continuing to echo around the sector. Hinds appeared to continue the government’s row back from full and forced academisation which started with Nicky Morgan’s now infamous ‘Z-Turn’, the effects of …

PAG Continues to Deliver the ISO Standard

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We are proud to announce that Premier Advisory Group has been judged to have maintained its delivery of the ISO Standard 9001:2015 in management consultancy. This is the world’s most respected quality management classification and is designed to hold companies to a level of standards that enhance customer satisfaction. It also provides verification that the services provided will consistently meet …

Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, announces vision for “clearer” school system.

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On 4th May 2018, Education Secretary Damian Hinds delivered a speech at the NAHT conference in Liverpool, addressing a range of issues including teacher recruitment and retention, school funding, and new out plans for accountability within schools. Hinds stated at the conference “children only get one shot at an education and we owe it to them that they can get …

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 …