Author Archives: terrywrigley

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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Achieving socially just education

by Diane Reay, University of Cambridge This briefing note outlines how both the testing regime and the segregation of children into different sets or streams increase failure and disadvantage rather than raising standards and ‘closing the gap’. It then deals … Continue reading

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For a new public early childhood education

by Peter Moss Emeritus Professor, Institute of Education England has long suffered inadequate early childhood provision, the product of prolonged under-investment and policy neglect. The result: a system split between ‘childcare’, ‘education’ and ‘welfare’, with fragmented, incoherent and divisive services, … Continue reading

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Making schools maths meaningful

Freedom to learn and teach: Towards a relevant, meaningful and empowering school mathematics Pete Wright Institute of Education, London The school curriculum currently disempowers both learners and teachers of mathematics. Students are commonly taught mathematics in a way that they … Continue reading

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Ofsted: a briefing paper

by T Wrigley Origins School inspection in England dates back to 1839, but changed fundamentally when Ofsted was established in 1991. The Government decided to inspect schools every four years, and, to increase capacity at minimal cost, inspection was privatised, … Continue reading

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Teachers wrestling with educational policy shifts

by Linda Hammersley-Fletcher Pressures for educational reform to build an economically competitive edge are being experienced on a global scale (Bush, 2011). Alongside this, the global financial crisis has resulted in measures to bring public spending under control. Moutsios (2007) … Continue reading

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Why we need teachers who are fully qualified

by Jon Berry In 1981, Brian Simon wrote a short but highly influential article entitled Why no pedagogy in England? In it he expressed concern about the way in which England’s teachers were being trained and prepared for the classroom. … Continue reading

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Tackling disadvantage: a children’s zone approach

by Richard Hatcher Tackling social disadvantage in education: a Children’s Zone approach Local area-based partnerships between schools, local authority and community  A Children’s Zone brings together all the resources in a local area – a neighbourhood, a district – that … Continue reading

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Standing up for teacher education

by Nadia Edmond       (work in progress) Standing up for Education includes standing up for teacher education: Why HE is a vital partner in teacher professional formation and development.  How policy is undermining the role of HE It … Continue reading

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