Blog

This budget does nothing to make it easier to trust government on education

In a weakening global economy, people will rightly ask how the British government is providing opportunity for them. A high quality education system benefits everyone.

Will area reviews fix the skills gap?

The government recently published guidance for the Review of Post-16 Education and Training - known as the area reviews. At 60 pages long, and with more detail to follow, this document indicates the complexity of reconfiguring the post-16 sector.

Primary school teachers go above and beyond to give their children the best

If the recent media coverage of the new primary school assessment and testing arrangements are anything to go by you would think that primary schools are pretty horrible places to be right now.

Disrespectful baseline steals children's creative and imaginative expression

In all the arguments about whether or not reception baseline assessment is accurate or not, what is not discussed is that it is deeply disrespectful to young children and their families and their teachers.

Should I stay or should I go?

Trainee and newly qualified teachers are full of energy and good intentions to be the best teacher they can be for their pupils. Will this enthusiasm be converted into a skilled teacher, who continues to learn and gain experience, so they become an educational leader in their own right?

Unhelpful scaremongering?

I hope all the teachers reading this column had a relaxing half term, busy doing nothing, and certainly not ticking pupil progress data boxes.

Counting the other costs of baseline assessment

Who knew that a test for four-year-olds could be so expensive?

It’s like coming home with a poor school report and the admonishment ‘must try harder’

One of AMiE's goals is to highlight what effective leadership looks like, to help raise the standard of leadership and management practice.

Gardening on the curriculum

On Friday afternoon I had the pleasure of visiting Grassmoor Primary School in Chesterfield and I wanted to share some of what I saw.

Times tables tests - as easy as 1, 2, 3?

Yesterday Nicky Morgan announced that in 2017 every 11 year old child will take an online test to check that they know their times tables up to 12 x 12. This test will be piloted this summer with 3,000 children.