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The Education Secretary defends controversial plans to convert every school into an academy – Friday 29 April 2016

Concerns around the implications of the Education White Paper continue to make headlines and this week I highlight the Education Secretary’s appearance in front of the Education Select Committee, confirmation that the DfE will be using the results from schools that sat the Key Stage 1 spelling, punctuation and grammar test early to set expected standards for next year and the implications of new nursery staff being required to have achieved a good GCSE in English and Maths. 360 more words

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I haven't disappeared, promise!

Hey all! This isn’t a true update in terms of stats and challenges, but rather a chance to let people know I’m still dedicated. Things have been rough, super rough, but I’m hanging in there. 401 more words


KS1 SATs paper accidentally published on DfE website - 22 April 2016

This week I highlight the dramatic news that first and primary schools won’t need to administer this year’s KS1 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling test as it was published in error on the DfE’s website back in January, the publication of the Regional Schools Commissioner’s plan to raise school standards in the North East and entries invited for this year’s DfE Character Awards. 300 more words

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DfE dispels myths about the academies programme - 15 April 2016

Welcome back after the Easter break. The Education White Paper continues to make headlines and spark much debate and this week I highlight the DfE’s publication of a ‘10 facts’ document about the academies programme, the Government’s decision not to use Reception baseline assessments as an accountability measure this year and the opportunity for schools to buy tablet devices through a DfE led procurement process. 306 more words

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The Makings of a "Good" Book

With my next book review due to come in the next week or so, I figured I might want to pause and perhaps explain my grading scale, so to speak. 1,027 more words

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Day 89 - Thrilling Twenty!!!

Hey guys! I know I didn’t blog last week, but I have so much going on, and I neither lost nor gained any weight, so I focused on getting my other stuff done. 151 more words


Seismic change in education landscape - 18 March 2016

Given the Chancellor’s Budget on Wednesday and the publication of the Education White Paper yesterday, this week I am focusing on the impact these fundamental changes will have on schools and their Governing bodies. 646 more words

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