Tag Archives: Ofsted

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).

School-led education v the election cycle

28 Jan

School-led education v the election cycle

“We cannot have a truly school-led education system unless it is lifted out of the election cycle.” Article by the General Secretary in SecEd.

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.

“Parental trigger” or shooting oneself in the foot?

16 Sep

“Parental trigger” or shooting oneself in the foot?

The New Schools Network is calling for the introduction of a “parental trigger” that could ultimately lead to the removal of a school’s headteacher.