pedagogy · Policy · Powerful knowledge · Progressivism

On the sacred and profane of powerful knowledge

Introduction School’s minister, Nick Gibb, frequently talks about the national curriculum in terms of a canon. In ancient Greek, a canon referred to a measuring rod, which could offer a symbolic description of the current education system.  The canon of the medieval education system was the gospels; the trivium introduced the medieval elite to the word of… Continue reading On the sacred and profane of powerful knowledge

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

Ofsted · Policy

On the National Audit Office (NAO) report into Ofsted: insightful but critically flawed on school improvement

The National Audit Office recently released a report entitled Ofsted’s inspection of schools. The report examines whether the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills’ (Ofsted)  school inspections provide value for money. The report is insightful and a good starting point for a debate about Ofsted, however, it is also critically flawed on school improvement. This blog aims to… Continue reading On the National Audit Office (NAO) report into Ofsted: insightful but critically flawed on school improvement

Ofsted · Policy

On OFSTED’s early years report: some dos and don’ts for Professor Mujis to consider

OFSTED has recently appointed a new head of research. Judging by the recently launched early years report: Bold beginnings:  the Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools this appointment has not come too soon. The report has been criticised by educationalists for being politicised and ideological. In this BLOG I highlight some dos and don’ts… Continue reading On OFSTED’s early years report: some dos and don’ts for Professor Mujis to consider

Policy

The irrational rationality of educational policy making

  In a recent speech launching the Education white paper, Nicky Morgan said: We have not only the best qualified workforce in history, but also a workforce that is increasingly focused on constant self-improvement, that is driven by the evidence and which like other professions is breaking new boundaries, sharing what works, challenging one another and… Continue reading The irrational rationality of educational policy making

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Social objects, Space-time and Quirks in Educational policy making

In 1906, Albert Einstein announced his special theory of relativity. Soon after Hermann Minkowski, his former college teacher in mathematics developed a new schema for thinking about space and time: Space-time does not evolve, it simply exists. When we examine a particular object from the stand point of its space-time representation, every particle is located… Continue reading Social objects, Space-time and Quirks in Educational policy making