Ofsted plan to inspect ‘cultural capital’ in schools attacked as elitist | Education

A two-word term, invented in the 1970s by a French sociologist heavily influenced by Karl Marx, makes an unlikely entrance in Ofsted’s new framework [pdf] for the inspection of schools in England this week. Each institution is now to be judged on the extent to which it builds pupils’ “cultural capital”. What exactly does that mean? Users of the term, including the schools minister Nick Gibb and the former education secretary Michael Gove, suggest it is about ensuring that disadvantaged…

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‘If you get a good inspector, it can be magic’: Is Labour right to want Ofsted gone? | Education

The Labour party has said it would abolish Ofsted and its one-word judgments. Local authorities would carry out regular “health checks” instead, while inspectors would be called in for more in-depth visits. What do teachers and parents think? Should Ofsted be abolished? Henry Emoni maths teacher, the Beacon school, Banstead, Surrey Yes. Ofsted creates an environment of fear, anxiety and worry for teachers. To prepare for an Ofsted visit, you may have to do a lot of tick-box exercises, regimented…

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Joy of learning has been lost to tests | Letter | Education

Re the long read (Learning the hard way, Journal, 27 September), as a counsellor working in higher education, I agree that there are many ways that university life unnecessarily exacerbates stress for students. However, I don’t think it is university practices that are the cause of the current situation with student mental health. I think we need to look at what has gone on before students arrive at university, and the damage that has been done to their wellbeing by…

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Teaching workload: requires improvement | Letters | Education

Your editorial (19 September) begins to unpick some of the reasons why retention and, in some areas, recruitment are such a problem in this beleaguered and overwhelmed profession. Successive attempts to address this problem have failed to grasp the true causes which are, depressingly, characterised by the report of the leaked government document advocating swapping “workload-inducing practices for evidence-based approaches”. This, like all the other initiatives, is an attempt to shift the responsibility for this matter on to schools, thereby…

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Labour delegates vote for plan that would abolish private schools | Education

Labour delegates have endorsed radical plans that would abolish private schools by removing their charitable status and redistributing their endowments, investments and properties to the state sector. Conference delegates approved a motion that said such a commitment should be included in the party’s next general election manifesto. The motion added universities would be limited to admitting the same proportion of private school students as in the wider population, currently 7%. The vote in favour of the motion came after the…

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Ofsted chief: pupils’ wellbeing at risk as sport is squeezed out of schools | Education

The Ofsted chief inspector has called on the government to do more to increase sport in schools amid growing concern that physical education is being squeezed out of the curriculum as a result of funding cuts and excessive focus on exam results. Amanda Spielman told the Observer it was essential that ministers and school leaders acted to show they understood what should be obvious – that sport and exercise for young people were vital parts of a full and balanced…

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Foreign language learning more vital than ever in post-Brexit world | Letters | Education

The fall in the number of pupils studying modern foreign languages (MFL) is concerning and continues a trend started when the government of the day removed the compulsion for our young people to study a language to age 16 back in the 90s (Learn a language? No need for them once we quit the EU, parents tell schools, 3 May). Languages are an essential part of a broad, balanced curriculum. Not only do they provide an opportunity to communicate more…

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Page not found | TeacherToolkit Well, that’s annoying! Try again … Latest Videos Podcast Channel The 5 Minute Lesson Plan Archives Archives Select Month June 2019  (12) May 2019  (30) April 2019  (29) March 2019  (31) February 2019  (33) January 2019  (40) December 2018  (35) November 2018  (40) October 2018  (38) September 2018  (27) August 2018  (14) July 2018  (25) June 2018  (45) May 2018  (40) April 2018  (32) March 2018  (44) February 2018…

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#1MinCPD: New Education Inspection Framework! – Education Article

#1MinCPD: New Education Inspection Framework! | TeacherToolkit 22nd May 201922nd May 2019 Hanna Beech 585 Views #EIF2019, Curriculum, Deep Dive, Education Inspection Framework, Grading Schools, Impact, Implementation, Intent, Ofsted, Quality of Education, School Inspections, Short Inspections Reading Time: 1 minute Do you need a brief overview of some of the key points from the Education Inspection Framework (2019)? Here are a few highlights to keep you in the school inspection loop – there will be no ‘deep diving’! The 4-point…

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Ofsted’s Complaints Process Explained … – Education Article

In 2017, the High Court concluded: “that Ofsted’s complaints process implied that the decision-makers processes are always effective and therefore impeachable, thereby preventing an aggrieved party from pursuing a substantive challenge, is not a rational or fair process.” (Source: Browne Jacobsen, 2017) It was ruled that until Ofsted amended the relevant section of its complaints procedure or successfully appealed the High Court’s ruling, any school placed in an ‘inadequate’ category has sufficient grounds for a challenge on the basis of…

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Former Ofsted head says government school funding claims are misleading | Education

The government is “misleading” the public with its claim of giving schools record levels of money, the former head of school standards has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector at Ofsted, also said proportionately fewer children from the north make it to university than from the south, adding that regional and ethnic differences were affecting educational success. Wilshaw, who stood down in 2016, waded into the row over government funding of education, warning that “huge progress” made in…

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The madness of flight paths – David Didau – Education Article

Schools are desperate to find ways to predict students’ progress from year to year and between key stages. Seemingly, the most common approach to solving this problem is to produce some sort of ‘flight path’. The internet is full of such misguided attempts to do the impossible. Predicting a students’ progress is a mug’s game. It can’t be done. At the level of nationally representative population sample we can estimate the likelihood of someone who is measured at performing at…

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Why a good Ofsted report can be bad for GCSE results | Education

Health warning: positive Ofsted ratings may damage GCSE results. This is the shock finding of a study conducted by four universities and two thinktanks which found that parents with children in schools that have received a better-than-expected Ofsted report are much more likely to reduce how much they help their children with their homework. This, in turn, could have a damaging impact on their children’s GCSE results. The researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University…

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Forget Sats – find a true measure of education | Letters | Education

Amanda Spielman may be warning the wrong people about exam anxiety, certainly as far as younger kids are concerned (Ofsted chief says teachers can cause ‘subliminal’ exam anxiety, May 14). My 10-year-old is not worried because I have told him Sats are irrelevant to his life. His secondary school will determine how best he will fit in, based on its own testing, when he gets there in September. I did ask him to do his best in sympathy with the…

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One in four teachers in England say they have witnessed ‘off-rolling’ | Education

One in four teachers in England say they have witnessed pupils being illegitimately removed from schools, often to artificially boost a school’s performance, according to a new survey published by Ofsted. The figures suggest the practice, known as “off-rolling” – pupils being shunted off a school’s roll in order to manipulate its exam results or rankings in league tables – is widespread, despite three-quarters of teachers saying they have not seen or heard of the practice. Some reported that parents…

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System Leadership and School Improvement – Education Article

Reading Time: 1 minute How do we find the next generation of teachers to step up to leadership? In a high-stakes accountability system, how do we nurture the next generation of school leaders and reduce a football-manager-syndrome culture. This is a question I have been asking England’s inspection watchdog for a number of years … Macro accountability … Headteachers (at least that’s what they called themselves a decade ago) used to settle their disputes with the local authority, or with…

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