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Secret Teacher: My outstanding school felt like a results factory | Teacher Network | The Guardian

Visiting a number of schools around here which are considered outstanding I notice one common thread, a senior leadership team that thinks to be a good leader your staff have to fear you. Once the fear is taken away the senior leaders are exposed for what they are.

The Secret Teacher hints at the fear in this article. Moving from a school that Ofsted consistently rated highly to one judged as requiring improvement The Secret Teacher raised a few eyebrows But now they would never go back.

Source: Secret Teacher: My outstanding school felt like a results factory | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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4 Feb 2017 Posted by | Education | , | Leave a comment

There’s trouble with transparency in the UK’s academies | Teacher Network | The Guardian

Developing good relationships with business is essential for academies, but critics say the system is plagued by secrecy and conflicts of interest

Across the country, academies have been plagued by allegations of financial impropriety, conflicts of interest and even corruption.

Source: There’s trouble with transparency in the UK’s academies | Teacher Network | The Guardian

19 Jan 2017 Posted by | Education | , | Leave a comment

Workload, low pay and respect for the profession at an all-time low: no wonder no one wants to be a teacher | News

I’d like to be optimistic about the future of teaching, writes this educationist, but it sometimes seems too hard

Source: Workload, low pay and respect for the profession at an all-time low: no wonder no one wants to be a teacher | News

16 Jan 2017 Posted by | Austerity, Education | | Leave a comment

Open Letter to David Cameron About the Retrospective Student Loan Hike | Martin Lewis

 

“As you may be aware, I have engaged lawyers who are currently looking at whether this change can be challenged legally. Yet this is just as much a moral issue as a legal one. A retrospective change will destroy any trust current and future generations can have in the student finance system, and perhaps, even more widely, in the political system as a whole.”

Source: Open Letter to David Cameron About the Retrospective Student Loan Hike | Martin Lewis

15 Jan 2016 Posted by | Austerity, Education, Politics, Tory | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

At last a glimmer of light as DfE forced to release academy sponsor takeover fees after tribunal ruling | Schools Week

The Department for Education (DfE) has been ordered to reveal how much it paid new academy sponsors to takeover failing schools, after a 12-month legal battle

Source: DfE forced to release academy sponsor takeover fees after tribunal ruling | Schools Week

Mr Farrer QC also criticised the advice given to children’s minister Sam Gyimah by civil servants encouraging him to reject the information request.

“The evidence supporting that opinion was tenuous, to say the least, and the [minister] took no account of the possible weaknesses in the argument submitted, because they were never drawn to the minister’s attention.”

I wonder how many other ministers can’t spot the weaknesses in arguments presented by civil servants? Or is it possible they don’t want to spot them?

7 Jan 2016 Posted by | Education | , , | Leave a comment

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