Tuesday 16 February 2021

How much trust in OFSTED ratings?

The integrity of the OFSTED inspection system continues to be worth reviewing. Often schools rated Outstanding by OFSTED are a “blind-spot” in the education system as they are inspected so infrequently.   The decision by the government in 2011 to exempt outstanding schools from routine inspections – brought about by a need to focus limited resources … Read More

Monday 12 October 2020

Public examinations – an update

Following our last post, there have been decisions made on public examinations in England and Scotland. In England, public exams will be delayed from mid-May to the start of June and will finish in July.  There may well be reduced course content. In Scotland, public exams will go forward but the National 5’s (the equivalent … Read More

Thursday 8 October 2020

Schools and Covid – update October 2020

As we approach the mid-term holidays, schools are nearly all staying fully open, though a handful are still staggering attendance. This pattern seems to be reflected across Europe – with a strong political will to keep schools open (also popular with most parents who have had to endure home-schooling their kids). School visits in the … Read More

Wednesday 30 September 2020

New Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced in response to pandemic pressures

The government has announced what they have called a  “lifetime skills guarantee” that would offer a fully funded college course to all people over 18 in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification. Only people aged under 23 qualify for a fully-funded qualification at this level at the present time. The announcement comes against the … Read More