For the second time this week the education sector has taken a beating, this time with the Ofsted report on the way that schools support high ability pupils.
To date school leaders have not been consulted over the development of the new GCSE syllabuses so it is highly premature to design new qualifications before this consultation has been finalised. It is now time for our legitimate voice to be listened to carefully and acted upon.
The chancellor went on the Today programme this morning to trumpet his success in getting seven government departments to agree on their budgets for 2015-16 as part of the Spending Review that he will announce on 26 June. It is reported that they have all agreed to cuts of between 8 and 10 per cent.
I would like to see Michael Gove asked the following question: does he stand for every school child, or just those who attend academies and free schools?
I cannot be the only person with personal experience of managing schools whose jaw dropped at reading the headlines of the Reform report launched last week: Must Do Better: Spending on Schools. Based on lots of number crunching of data tables, it came to the conclusion that school spending could be cut by close to 20 per cent without compromising standards.
The Welsh government has opted to retain the current exams model of GCSEs and A-Levels, putting Wales and England on course to see radically different systems.
Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg MP responds to today’s school league tables.
Stephen Twigg today warns Michael Gove’s Ebacc plans risk “ushering in a decade of economic decline”, taking Britain back to a ’19th-century education system’.
Michael Gove will do well to listen to those urging him to think again about his proposed reforms to secondary examinations, writes the NUT’s Christine Blower.