Accountability, Ofsted and all that

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Reading time: 3 minutes. Relevant programme: SSAT’s peer review programme
Colin Logan, SSAT senior education lead, explores the implications of the NAHT commission report on how the school accountability framework can be strengthened and improved

Beating the odds

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A primary school in a deprived part of Bradford has gone from failing school to success story. The transformation, it says, is down to a decision to rebuild its curriculum around music.
Adyan, who is nearly five, can barely stand still in the school..

What I learned about edtech in Finland at #SETTFIN

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I am very lucky to do what I do. People often say the loveliest things about the work that I do and it’s always very intrinsically rewarding to know that the work I’ve done has had an impact on a teacher, a school or an individual.
As I have shared before, I got into teaching to try and make a difference and it’s that mantra that stays with me today with what I do as I work freelance. As I leave Helsinki following the SETTFIN conference which had a particular focus upon pedagogically sound and research-informed ways in which edtech can support and enhance learning and teaching, I write this on my return flight looking out across the Baltic Sea and reflect upon my last two days at the event.

It is true to say that it isn’t very often that I leave an event feeling just as inspired as everyone else who has attended.
I shouldn’t be surprised though. As a country who is always near the top rankings in the PISA tables for having the best education system in the world, of course, I shou..

Curriculum research: our findings

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The ‘curriculum’ has exploded. The word is everywhere you look in education at the moment. At the recent ResearchED national conference in London, ‘curriculum’ was mentioned in the title of 10 different talks. Blogs by teachers and others who work in..

ASCL comment on HMCI commentary

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Commenting on Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman’s commentary on curriculum and the new education inspection framework, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“We support in principle Ofsted’s in..