Tag Archives: Michael Wilshaw

‘Crisis? What crisis?’ (updated – again)

21 Feb

‘Crisis? What crisis?’ (updated – again)

Responses to articles on TES, BBC, Guardian etc on teacher recruitment and retention, plus joint union statement and responses to NAO report and Ofsted commentary. Further reports and comment, including from Commons Education Committee…

Mobiles in schools: ban them or use them? (updated)

24 May

Mobiles in schools: ban them or use them? (updated)

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector has said that disruption during lesson times is often down to the use of mobiles. However, a Scottish Government working group has produced guidance on the use of mobile technology in schools (2014). Tom Bennett, the DfE’s ‘discipline tsar’ begins inquiry into pupil behaviour, including use of smartphones (2015). A former adviser to David Cameron wants under 16-year-olds to be banned from having smart phones and tablet computers (2016).

Talking point: Accident of birth? The challenge of coastal communities

19 Nov

Talking point: Accident of birth? The challenge of coastal communities

In an article in ‘SecEd’, “Combatting the coastal school challenges”, Heath Monk’ highlights the challenges coastal schools face and a study by Dr Tanya Ovenden-Hope, ‘Coastal Academies: Changing school cultures in disadvantaged coastal regions in England’.

Amateur doesn’t have to be ‘amateurish’ but training is “vital” for school governors

19 Nov

Amateur doesn’t have to be ‘amateurish’ but training is “vital” for school governors

In his second monthly commentary, Ofsted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw looks at the role of school governance.

“We hope that these changes will enable Ofsted inspections to become supportive and developmental rather than clinical and punitive.”

15 Jun

“We hope that these changes will enable Ofsted inspections to become supportive and developmental rather than clinical and punitive.”

Voice’s response to Ofsted’s “Better inspection for all – consultation on proposals for a new framework for the inspection of schools, further education and skills providers and registered early years settings” and subsequent announcements