Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Education Tue 15 Jun

A legal opinion on the Academies Bill

The new Academies Bill, currently going through Parliament, is a short document, with profound implications for many pupils and parents in the schools that choose to ‘opt out’ and their neighbours. Here is a summary of what they might mean  from David Wolfe , a barrister from Matrix Chambers, in London, who has been involved […]

Education Fri 11 Jun

It could have been worse. We could have got Eric Pickles.

I am Head of an inner city secondary school. Its non selective and local authority controlled and as result it is about to become deeply unfashionable. As the likelihood of a Conservative government grew over the last 18 months I began to take an interest in their policies. I attended talks, read policy documents and […]

By Urban Head 4 comments
Education Thu 10 Jun

Charitable status – a suitable case for the cuts consultation

I am grateful to my other half for his robust blog pointing out that George Osborne ( St Pauls) and David Cameron (Eton) could start their cuts programme by getting rid of charitable status for fee-paying schools. Whenever anyone raises this question, the usual reaction is that it isn’t worth very much money (around £100 […]

Education Wed 9 Jun

What is the IGCSE and what does it mean for our schools?

The decision – and early decision of the coalition government — to ‘allow’ state schools to offer IGCSE is actually far-reaching. As this narrative suggests, it reaches back into the heart of the educational divisions – the divisions of class, status and hierarchy – which underlie – oh, so shallow under the surface – English education. In the 1960s, there was a clear pecking order of examinations: O-level for an academic minority, CSEs for the upper reaches of the secondary modern, and vocational training for the majority. IGCSE needs to be seen in this context as an attempt to restore the hierarchy of qualifications.

By Chris Husbands 4 comments
Education Sun 6 Jun

Governors should consult parents about changing their schools

Governors are in the front line of the new education plans. Even though Secretary of State Michael Gove only sent the letter inviting schools to become academies to head teachers, it is school governors who must pass a resolution that allows Gove to ‘order’ the local authority to cease funding their school so an academy […]

Education Sun 30 May

Time for the Labour leadership contenders to speak up about Gove’s plan

Link to original article in the Independent on Sunday The Labour Party has been strangely silent on the issue of coalition education plans for thousands academies and free schools run by parents, charities and private companies, as have all the candidates for the party’s leadership. All but Ed Balls, currently shadow schools spokesman, might argue […]

Education Thu 27 May

So much for parent power…

Link to original article on Comment is free Amid all the furore over academies and free schools, one important fact has been overlooked. There is no role for, or consultation with, parents in the new fast track process to opt schools out of their local authority. Remember it is only ten days since David Cameron […]

Education Tue 25 May

Some questions for Michael Gove about his 2000 academies

On the eve of the general election, a friend of mine who is an expert in education law suggested that in the event of a Tory election victory, one quick way for David Cameron to get his much coveted changes to the state school system would be to send the following letter to existing academy […]

Education Fri 21 May

What about the parents who don’t want to start their own schools?

What happens if you don’t want to set up a new school? The Tories appear to have won the coalition battle on schools policy and new ‘free’ schools’ set up by parents, charities and profit making companies will be pushed ruthlessly. All the signs are that, in spite of the Liberal Democrats grass roots commitment […]

Education Sat 15 May

Will teachers really get freedom over what they teach?

Interesting piece by Mike Baker on the BBC website, speculating about how far this government will be prepared to go to ‘free up’ the primary school curriculum. Mixed messages came from the Conservative Party during the election campaign. On one hand they promised to ask schools simply to focus on the three R’s, but with […]

By Fiona Millar 1 comment