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 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
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
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In a recent BLOG, Sam Freedman commented on a speech made by Professor Robert Coe and described the possibility that standards are not improving in education. I must admit some scepticism about the data used to justify that view, however, it is an important contribution to the educational debate. The concept of, “improved standards” is value-laden; however,… Continue reading If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes education
Finally, I have done it. Done what, you may ask (presuming there is a “you” out there). A blog with no content is not much of an achievement. True but I have definitely done something, I suppose I have “seen the light”, got the point. Blogs have been creeping up on me. They seem to… Continue reading The sacred and the profane