What the Autumn Statement really means for schools and colleges

In this week's blog, Geoff Barton discusses the implications of Wednesday's disappointing Autumn Statement for schools and colleges, and states that 'the fight must go on' for education.

Posted: 24/11/2023 09:10:09
  • Funding
  • Government
  • Blog

We don’t agree with Nick Gibb on much – but on this he is right

In this week's blog, Geoff Barton reflects on Nick Gibb's comments on the hostility faced by those in public life as he steps down from his role as schools minister.

Posted: 17/11/2023 08:19:18
  • Leadership
  • Professional Standards
  • Blog

The problem isn’t accountability. It is the ham-fisted way it is done

Ofsted: stop writing schools off as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ and instead properly reflect the breadth of what they are doing, the challenges they face, and where they may need help, says Geoff Barton in his latest blog. 

Posted: 10/11/2023 09:11:16
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Blog

Why next week’s resits show our assessment system is broken

Many 16 and 17 year-olds will soon resit their GCSE maths and/or English exams, having not secured a grade 4 or higher at the end of secondary school.  But the scale of this operation raises questions as to why so many students are having to resit these exams and what impact doing so has on them. Tom Middlehurst explores what can be done about this in his latest blog.

Posted: 02/11/2023 12:39:45
  • Assessment
  • Post-16
  • Examinations
  • GCSE
  • Ofqual
  • Blog