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My Ebacc Consultation Response

1   What factors do you consider should be taken into account in making decisions about which pupils should not be entered for the EBacc? Answer:1. The balance of curriculum breadth versus their mastery of English and Maths is a key factor. Arguably, students who in the school’s judgement need more time to reach Grade 4 … Continue reading

My 2015 Blogging Scrapbook.

January I started the year having received a detailed response from Ofsted’s Sean Harford to this Just gimme some truth rant.  It was a real surprise that he’d responded within 24 hours during the holidays.  His response found its way into the TES, SchoolsWeek and BBC news – as Sean admitted that OfSTED isn’t as reliable … Continue reading

Part 2: Bridging the Disadvantage Chasm.

  In my last post I tried to illustrate the chasm that separates our most advantaged from our most disadvantaged students; students in the same community, side by side in the classroom, yet living worlds apart.  Every day brings reminders of that chasm in one form or another.  The question is – what can we … Continue reading

The disadvantage ‘gap’ is a chasm. Part 1.

In the 18 months that I’ve been working at Highbury Grove, I’ve learned a great deal about the complexity of the community that my school serves.  As the acting Designated Child Protection Officer for the last few weeks, I’ve learned even more.  The scale on the axis of advantage and disadvantage is extraordinary with consequences for … Continue reading

Leading Learning: Thinking BIG and small. #SSATNC15

At the SSAT National Conference this week, the theme of my keynote talk was my sense that, in education, we sometimes go wrong because we don’t think about problems on a scale that is big enough or small enough.  We’re often not ambitious enough for what could be achieved on a large scale and, at the … Continue reading

Our responsibility for inclusion as a community of schools.

“If they don’t like it, they can go somewhere else. Parents have a choice.” I’ve read about Headteachers who say this.  I’ve even used a similar phrase for dramatic effect with my students – if you want to belong to this community to have to follow our rules; if you don’t you’ll have to go somewhere … Continue reading

Research Literacy: Literacy Research

This post contains the key ideas and materials from my presentation at ResearchEd 2015.   It seems to me that a high proportion of discussion about research in education doesn’t actually make reference to specific research evidence or trials.  I’ve decided that every time I give a talk at ResearchEd, I will look at the … Continue reading

RSA Occupy The Curriculum: The Case for a National Baccalaureate

From 2 mins 30, here is my talk at the RSA’s Occupy the Curriculum event. The rationale for the National Baccalaureate for England. Huge thanks to Joe Hallgarten for inviting me and to my fellow panelists for a great discussion. Related links: The National Baccalaureate Convention  The English Baccalaureate: Coming Soon!    If you would … Continue reading

School Improvement vs Educational Politics

Everyone who works in the school system wants the best for the children – let’s start with that assumption.  Politicians do too; it’s just that their instinct to ‘do something’ can be woefully misjudged.  Here are some thoughts. A fundamental paradox in the school improvement process is that deep-rooted change that constitutes bona fide transformation … Continue reading

Progress 8: Looks like Data Garbage to me.

(UPDATES – see DataLab posts via link at the bottom for an interesting challenge, my response to it, and other bits of analysis..) I’ve been looking into the detail of Progress 8, following the DFE guidance that was published in March. Is it just me or is this a massive pile of data garbage? A … Continue reading

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