Little Has Changed
In an interesting blog article Richard Fraser argues that little has changed in education since 2001 starting by saying:
In 2001, a certain Theresa May MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, addressed the PAT [now Voice] Annual Conference in Cardiff.
Her speech reveals how little has changed in education since then: teachers working excessive hours, performance-related pay, SATs, admissions….
Interestingly, some of Mrs May’s criticisms of the Labour Government’s education policies have been made by politicians, unions and practitioners about the current Conservative Government and its Coalition predecessor.
The following Briefing from The School Bus is also worth a read: Continue reading
FrontFoot News – July 2016
These FrontFoot news updates cover a range of educational areas of interest including matters of policy through to media interest. Click the links below to go to specific categories of interest; when there, the headings link to the full article. Continue reading
Kathy Dunnett, a former member of HASG Executive and National Leader of Governance, recently wrote to Stephen McPartland, Stevenage MP, expressing concern specifically about the lack of parent representation in future governing boards. She alerted him to the June meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group Continue reading
Involving MPs in School Governance
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education Governance and Leadership will meet next Tuesday, June 7th, in the House of Commons, Committee Room 5 from 17:30-19:00. This is an important forum for parliamentarians to discuss the key issues affecting school governance. Governors, trustees and clerks need to encourage their MPs to get involved in this group. Continue reading
Upcoming Training & Briefing Sessions
HfL are running a number of sessions that might prove of interest to Governors in the coming months, with topics including Fraud Prevention, Mediation & SEND Inspections.
Fraud Prevention for Schools
Taking place in the Hilton, Watford on 18th May and then again Continue reading
HASG at Herts Show
Including lots of great attractions, the Herts Show will also see HASG supporting the Governor Recruitment Roadshow this year. Located in the Herts County Council Marquee why not pop along and say hello?
Other attractions include:
- Motocross Stunt Show,
- Devil’s Horsemen,
- Scurry Driving display,
- All Human Circus,
- Traditional Crafts,
- Titan the Robot,
- Eagle & Vulture Show,
- Victorian Travelling Show,
- Farm animals,
- Suffolk Punch Horses,
- Food hall,
- Shopping and much more!
The show runs on 28th & 29th May and tickets are on sale now with advance tickets at a 20% discount:
- Adult – £14.80
- Child – £7.20 (5yrs – 15yrs, under 5’s free)
- Family – £36.80 (admits two adults and two children)
- Senior – £13.20
Call 0344 850 2111 to book or visit their website to book online.
Government reverses decision to force schools to become academies
The BBC reported on this announcement and added some analysis by their education reported, Hannah Richardson, to view the BBC report click the link:
Newsbites – Mostly Ofsted
This newsbites is mostly Ofsted related with links to videos from Ofsted subject leads, segregation in independent faith schools & predicting ratings.
Ofsted’s specialists: videos
Ofsted have published a series of videos on their YouTube channel, Continue reading
Regional Schools Commissioner
Martin Post is Regional Schools Commissioner for South-Central England and North-West London having started in his role on 18 August 2014. Before his appointment, Martin was Headmaster of Watford Grammar School for Boys. Earlier in his career he has also:
- served as both a local leader of education and a national leader of education,
- served as a trustee of the Teacher Development Trust.
Newsbites – TES, Parent View, Academies
TES: More evidence that workload is driving the teacher recruitment and retention crisis
4th April 2016
The TES is reporting that there is more evidence that the rising workload is driving teachers away from the profession and exacerbating the recruitment crisis. More than eight in 10 teachers have considered Continue reading