Ofsted · Policy

Ofsted must have this confrontation with the DfE

A recent article in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) entitled DfE and Ofsted at odds over exams caught my attention. The article suggests that the DfE has taken umbrage at the decision by “Ofsted (is) to downgrade the use of exam results as a measure of school quality”. There is an escalating confrontation between the DfE and… Continue reading Ofsted must have this confrontation with the DfE

Ofsted · Policy

On Post-2010 policy: lurking behind the veil of Ofsted data is a litany of policy related issues

In my last blog, I argued that the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report about Ofsted asked the wrong question: does Ofsted measure the impact its inspections have on improving the quality of schools in England? As HMCI observed, there is a perverse incentive implicit to Ofsted measuring the impact of its own inspections. Ofsted could simply inflate grades… Continue reading On Post-2010 policy: lurking behind the veil of Ofsted data is a litany of policy related issues

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Education in England: Annual Report 2018 of the Education Policy Institute

The Education Policy Institute has published its Annual Report on the state of education in England – including the progress made in closing the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The Education in England: Annual Report 2018 considers how the disadvantage gap has changed since 2011 and how it varies across the country. The report also… Continue reading Education in England: Annual Report 2018 of the Education Policy Institute

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Sutton trust research into private tuition 2018

REPORT OVERVIEW The annual Sutton Trust/Ipsos-Mori survey of 11-16 year olds on private tuition in 2018 showed that more than one in four young people in England and Wales have received private or home tuition, a figure which has risen by half since the Trust began collecting the data in 2005. KEY FINDINGS More than one… Continue reading Sutton trust research into private tuition 2018

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Apprentice starts in 2017/18 are significantly down on the equivalent period in 2016/17

There have been 290,500 apprenticeship starts reported to date between August 2017 and April 2018 for the 2017/18 academic year. This compares to 440,300 and 384,500 starts reported in the equivalent period in 2016/17 and 2015/16 respectively. As of May 2017, there were significant structural changes to the apprenticeship funding system including the introduction of the apprenticeship levy… Continue reading Apprentice starts in 2017/18 are significantly down on the equivalent period in 2016/17

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IFS research (2018) – Post 2010 spending down 8 per cent

Between 2009-10 and 2017-18, total school spending per pupil in England fell by about 8% in real terms, which compares with about 5% in Wales. The greater cuts in England are driven by a combination of a greater fall in spending by local authorities and school sixth form spending alongside faster growth in pupil numbers.… Continue reading IFS research (2018) – Post 2010 spending down 8 per cent