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Academy chains' performance 'less impressive' than local authorities, new ranking shows. Selection brings policy carnage. I am clear that the decision to reintroduce selection big-time into English schooling is a huge error.

Selection brings policy carnage

But this post does not debate the evidence or arguments about selection but looks at what the decision tells us in more general policy terms. First, the Theresa May government is dysfunctional. Tony Blair, for whom I worked for five years, was criticised for centralized sofa government. But this decision shows that No 10 is even more dominant. The policy has all the hallmarks of being devised and written by someone who has just left his post heading up a lobby group – with all the skewed results that leads to. Second, the concept of a school-led education system appears to be as dead as the proverbial Monty Python parrot. Third, the policy leaves the rest of education policy in confusion. It’s also not clear where we now stand with wanting to move all schools to being part of MATs – can the government fight on this front as well as take on the selection battle?

Like this: 'Glass floor' protecting middle classes from social slide - report - BBC News. Middle-class children benefit from a "glass floor" protecting them from slipping down the social scale in Britain, a report has said.

'Glass floor' protecting middle classes from social slide - report - BBC News

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission said better-off families managed to provide educational and social advantages to stop their slide. It found less able, richer children were 35% more likely to become high earners than brighter, poorer peers. The government said its reforms were helping disadvantaged pupils catch up. The report for the commission, which advises the government on social mobility issues, was based on a long-term study of 17,000 British-born children born in a single week in 1970 that measured their ability at the age of five. It said wealthier families helped their children accumulate skills valued by the labour market and they also used social networks to secure internships and employment. That meant poorer, but more able children were often blocked from the finite number of top jobs, it added. 'Extra something' 'High expectations' How to privatise the education system, without people noticing – a step by st...

First, design a performance system that compares every school’s outcome against the national average – thereby ensuring that there will always be a large proportion of schools whose results are deemed ‘broadly average’ (and a chunk of schools deemed significantly below average).Create an Inspection system that will declare any school that has consistently attained below-average results to be Inadequate.Where schools are found to be Inadequate, claim that this is proof that being “controlled by the local authority” is not working.

How to privatise the education system, without people noticing – a step by st...

Hand over all the publicly funded assets of such schools (buildings, land and all) to a private company – along with a huge cash boost to cover “conversion costs”.Wipe the slate clean, in terms of the previous years of poor results (because this is now a different school, so those legacy results no longer apply) and re-inspect it before the next set of results are published. Too confused to be jaded. A Letter to the Secretary of State. Dear @nickymorgan01 I sit here contemplating whether writing this is a good idea/a waste of time/a drop in the ocean.

A Letter to the Secretary of State

I am the Principal of a school where the governors decided to take the option to become an academy and then an academy sponsor. We officially decided to work in partnership (I use these words deliberately rather than ‘take over’ ‘run’ etc) with our two nearest primary schools that had just been deemed to be ‘Special Measures’ (SM) and ‘Requires Improvement’ (RI). One of those two schools was inspected last month and moved to RI with some ‘Good’ at the first time of asking. We all worked hard to achieve that by evolution not revolution (no sacked heads just supporting through extra resources, coaching and teamwork; with the odd challenging question in both directions). Despite knowing all that we have done the result still left me feeling vulnerable that we hadn’t shown enough improvement. Nservative government: what does it mean for schools?

At a certain point last night I grabbed our election supplement and flipped nervously to the Conservative education pledge list.

nservative government: what does it mean for schools?

It was the first time I’d considered a party might need to deliver their list in full. So, what can we expect from a fully Conservative department? The Ministers David Cameron said before the election that he wanted to keep Nicky Morgan as Secretary of State. But in a fully-Tory post-election world he might now change his mind. There is a lot of chat about Michael Gove’s return but, notably, not among any people who know him.

If Morgan stays she’s likely to be supported by people already in the department. Charlotte Leslie could also be a new face. An unknown quantity is Academies Minister Lord Nash. The Policies Budgets – The Conservatives have pledged to maintain per pupil funding for 5 – 16 year old school pupils – even as their numbers rise.