Government policy


10 steps to a world class education system

17 October 2013

Ahead of this year’s Whole Education conference, David Crossley draws on the views of national and international education leaders to define how we can build a world class system. He offers 10 key ways forward and a manifesto for change.


NQT special: Standing up for your rights as a new teacher

27 June 2013

It is vital that new teachers know their rights and entitlements as they adjust to life at the chalkface. The NASUWT’s Chris Keates discusses the importance of supporting our NQTs and explains why and how the union is challenging government to help protec


What does PISA teach us?

14 March 2013

Ministers constantly refer to the international PISA study to justify reforms. Diane Lloyd asks if we should be relying so heavily on the PISA rankings.


The misuse of international studies in UK education

21 February 2013

The misuse and oversimplification of international surveys and comparisons can lead to misleading statements being made about English education. Dr Newman Burdett looks at how we should be interpreting international data.



Comberton's academy conversion

31 January 2013

In the final of his series of four articles looking at the pros and cons of academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Comberton Village College, which has embraced conversion.


Saying no to academy conversion

24 January 2013

Continuing his look at academy status, Peter Chambers speaks to Hadley Learning Community about why they decided to say no.



The pros and cons of academy conversion

10 January 2013

In the first of a four-part series, Peter Chambers looks at the benefits and disadvantages, as seen by school leaders themselves, of academy conversion.


Spotlight on American education

6 December 2012

Continuing her look at education systems across the world, Ann Puntis reports on the introduction of common core education standards across America ― a radical and challenging reform.


Pedagogy unplugged ― understanding how children learn

8 November 2012

From teacher collaboration to how children learn, the work of Professor Bill Lucas is providing a blueprint for 21st century education. We preview his speech at the forthcoming SSAT National Conference when he will encourage teachers to ask: How can I do


Five approaches that will make our schools world class

24 October 2012

The Whole Education Network champions and shares innovative practice in education. David Crossley considers five key approaches in areas including assessment, accountability and teacher creativity that will help our schools to become world class.


Spotlight on Malaysia

4 October 2012

With UK ministers often looking abroad for inspiration, Ann Puntis continues her look at international education systems.


Spotlight on Singapore

5 July 2012

Singapore is often quoted by the education secretary as a system to which the UK must aspire. Ann Puntis takes a look.


All change for A levels?

28 June 2012

The exams watchdog has proposed a major overhaul of the structure of A levels. Pete Henshaw delves into the consultation document and gauges the reaction from the education sector.


Stretching their horizons

21 June 2012

Nick Parks, an international ski and mountain guide and former head of outdoor education at Marlborough College, discusses how travel can be used across the curriculum and the work of the Stretching Horizons network.


Keeping a close eye on education

14 June 2012

The Education Select Committee plays a crucial role in scrutinising education policy and performance. Its chairman Graham Stuart MP speaks to Dorothy Lepkowska about some key issues, including academies, awarding bodies, the EBacc, and Michael Gove.

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