Category Archives: Governance

Did the Coalition protect schools spending?

Based on a new report by Ruth Lupton and Stephanie Thomson The Coalition’s Record on Schools  (Social Policy in a Cold Climate, working paper 13) Summary The Coalition did protect overall school spending as promised – it rose just 1% … Continue reading

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PISA’s class size myth

More PISA myths about top-performing school systems (part 3) Analysis by Pat Thomson and Terry Wrigley  Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s director of education and skills (the man in charge of PISA), recently circulated these comments to news websites. His title was … Continue reading

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More PISA myths part 2

Analysis by Pat Thomson and Terry Wrigley (continued) Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s director of education and skills (the man in charge of PISA), recently sent a challenging article to BBC News website. Under the title ‘Seven big myths about top-performing school … Continue reading

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Not for profit?

by Nigel Gann The last 25 years have placed increasing responsibilities on the shoulders of school governors and heads, who for the most part have acted with integrity. Unfortunately, the rapid increase in academies and free schools, along with the … Continue reading

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Remaking school governance

by Stewart Ranson School governance in England since the 1988 Education Reform Act has been remade following neoliberal principles. It has moved from local council control to a competitive market among schools which are autonomously managed but subject to increasing … Continue reading

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Schools are not like businesses (and what governors can do to protect them for learning)

In November 2014, school governors across England received news about a new campaign, ‘Make Schools Your Business’, to place more people with business skills on governing bodies. It is one of a number of campaigns being run by the government … Continue reading

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The impact of poor buildings

An extract from research into the physical environment of schools and its effect on learning Pam Woolner, Newcastle There are many aspects of the physical school space that may make it awkward or unsuitable for educational use, which includes teaching … Continue reading

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For a democratic local school system

For an empowered, democratised and properly resourced local school system  by Richard Hatcher and Ken Jones The policy document approved at Labour’s annual policy conference in September is called Education and Children. The policy states that ‘We will […] put … Continue reading

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