Small is Beautiful

We are all very aware that we are living through a period of austerity in which public spending has become extremely tight. This has affected all aspects of the work of schools and has had a significant impact on national policy towards post-16 provision. In short there is a  ..

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A View from the Other Side of the Planet

In August, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit China. I was invited to give a lecture in Beijing to Chinese colleagues, explaining some of the most important trends and developments in English schools. It was of course an absolute honour to be given this chance but it wa ..

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Grammar Schools: Where’s the Evidence?

It can be dangerous for a headteacher to give a forthright view on a current hot topic of political debate. However, the current political row is wholly an education debate in which school leaders and teachers should engage. It should also be emphasised that this need not ine ..

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Holiday time is coming!

Welcome to my last blog of this academic year. Given that we are two days away from the last day of term, an appropriate topic would seem to be the locally contentious issue of term dates. It has been announced that Brighton and Hove will pilot revised term dates for ac ..

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Mind the Gap!

This week, I want to write about ‘closing the gap’. First, of course, what is the ‘gap’? In education, we often refer to gaps in standards between different groups of students. ‘Standards’ include measures of academic achievement, attendanc ..

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