If the future of England’s schools is to become part of larger academy chains, then the control of that future looks, at present, as though it will be largely white and very male. An Education Guardian analysis of the boards of England’s 10 largest chains, as listed on their websites, shows that three-quarters (81 out[…]
If we are honest, teachers are not renowned for abstaining from moaning. Get a few of us together, and it probably won’t be long before the topic of marking raises its ugly head. The teaching union NASUWT recently condemned “overly bureaucratic and workload-intensive marking policies” in schools and their impact on teachers’ work-life balance. Just[…]
Schools that push pupils into taking “GCSEs in karaoke” and courses in word processing in an attempt to boost their league table positions are to face renewed scrutiny from the Department for Education and Ofsted inspectors. The DfE said it was looking closely at GCSE-equivalent qualifications such as the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), which[…]
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GCSE equivalents are helping schools with academy status to fare better than those maintained by local authorities, says new report published by the National Foundation for Education Research. The report found that schools with academy status got higher average GCSE point scores and a larger proportion of pupils meeting the government’s GCSE benchmark pass than[…]