The future curriculum

16 May 2016

Although the compulsory element has been put on hold, it is clear that the Government, with the White Paper (Educational Excellence Everywhere), would like in the future all existing maintained schools to be academies or in the process of conversion. But what is the point of a National Curriculum if no school is required to follow it? Tony Powell, Consulting Educationist, looks at the White Paper.

SEND pupils and the White Paper

11 May 2016

The DfE’s White Paper is far-reaching. Although its plans for compulsory academisation have been put on hold, there will be considerable impact on children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND). Suzanne O’Connell, Education Consultant outlines the details..

Skills-based governance

26 April 2016

A key focus of both the new government White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, and of the statutory guidance covering the constitution of maintained school governing bodies in England, is an emphasis on the recruitment of people with the right skills to enable governing bodies and boards to fulfil their duties effectively.

RoSPA — 100 years of campaigning

19 April 2016

As the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) approaches its centenary, Michael Evans, former chairman of its Safety Education Committee looks back at a hundred years of campaigning.

Inspecting good schools — the inspection dashboard

4 April 2016

Since September 2015, there has been a change in the inspection cycle. Tony Powell, consulting educationist, explains that outstanding and exempt schools are still not inspected unless there is strong evidence that they have deteriorated.

TEMI — Teaching Enquiry with Mysteries Incorporated

21 March 2016

How does one “spice up” science lessons to make them more engaging for students? I am John Walker, an independent education consultant and senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and this is the sort of thing I often get asked when I am providing professional development for science teachers. As a chemist, I can show them how to produce various flashes, bangs and other treats that are the sort of sure-fire thrills they are usually after. The problem is, what do you do once the thrills are over? “Spice” aside, I would suggest the most pressing question for science teachers is not just how to interest students in science, but how to keep them interested.

Sexual abuse — below the tip of the iceberg

14 March 2016

The Children’s Commissioner has made it clear. Only a small proportion of those children being sexually abused are disclosing it. Suzanne O’Connell, education consultant looks at what the school’s role should be in helping them to recognise and report their abusers.

Zika virus — What employers need to know

29 February 2016

It is unlikely anyone has missed the headlines on the mosquito-borne Zika virus, particularly its possible link to babies born with microcephaly. With a growing number of cases of the virus in the Americas and the Caribbean, and instances now confirmed in Europe, Dr Lisa Bushby explores what employers can do to keep their employees safe at work.