The HTRT Education Manifesto Launch May 7th

Headteachers' Roundtable

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Following the process outlined earlier this year, we received over 50 responses from different people making suggestions for policies and for some of the principles that should guide us.  Taking those ideas on board and adding them to our own, we have now produced a 10-proposal manifesto, covering five key policy areas. Although deliberately sparse, we believe that our proposals represent a coherent roadmap for a system that provides A Great Education for All.

We will be publishing the manifesto on May 7th, one year before the General Election in 2015. You will find it here on our website. Once published, we’re hoping that people engage with the ideas and help us to develop the implementation plans that will follow, leaving comments with constructive suggestions.

We’ve had a commitment from the Secretary of State that he will engage with the manifesto and give us his response.  We discussed this…

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Ofsted’s Future in the balance after Trojan Horse Scandal

Ofsted’s Future in the balance after Trojan Horse Scandal

See my last  blog post on The Conversation Com. 

School Inspection

Find below, the link to the presentation
Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 10:30 – 17:00

https://www.open.ac.uk/ccig/events/governing-by-inspection-insights-from-international-studies

An event that examined school inspections across Europe

School inspection is employed in a number of countries as a means by which to govern increasingly complex education systems. Despite a tenuous link between inspection and school improvement, it remains a key driver in the shaping and implementation of education policy, as well as taking a central role in the politics of educational change.

This seminar drew on three national and international research projects in order to examine perspectives on school inspection in Europe. The first project: Governing by Inspection investigates inspection as a governing practice in England, Scotland and Sweden; the second, explores the relationship between school improvement and inspection in  six countries, and the third investigates accountabilities in inspection. You will find the slides and recording of the talks on the link above

10:00-10:30  Registration and coffee

10:30-10:40  Welcome and introductions-Dr Jacqueline Baxter- Convenor

10:30-11:15  Dr Melanie Ehren – The Institute of Education: The Impact of School Inspections on Improvement of Schools

11:15-12:30  Professor John Clarke – The Open University UK: The Uncertainty Principle: governing schooling through inspection.

12:30-13:15  Lunch

13:15-14:00  Dr Andrew Wilkins – The University of Roehampton: The Shadow of Inspection: School Governance, Accountability and Governing Practices

14:00-14:15  Coffee

14:15-15:00  Dr Jacqueline Baxter – The Open University UK: Working knowledge: shifting criteria in inspection

15:00-15:15  Summary and Close

 

CCIG Presentation Slides: The Shadow of Ofsted

Governing schools. Conference to be held on 23 October 2014

The Ghost Road

Some very good points here Melissa.

Melissa Benn

Below, my latest piece in Guardian Comment, on education’s growing culture of overwork, and how it is affecting children and parents.

Do you know a ghost child? Are you possibly raising one? A report this week by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) pinpoints a worrying new phenomenon – the institutionalised infant, a whey-faced creature, stuck in school for 10 hours a day, the child of commuting parents possibly, wandering from playground to desk to after-school club without real purpose, nodding off through boredom and fatigue.

The sad thing is, as yet another timely ATL report brings home, the ghost child is increasingly likely to be taught by the ghost adult – a teacher grey with fatigue and stress, stuck at school for 10 hours or more a day, wandering from duty to duty in playground, classroom or after-school club. Both, it seems, are part of a culture that…

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