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Mental illness: a real but dirty trickster

6 Apr

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The Folly of Multiple Academy Trusts – Unaccountable and Profit-driven – a Toxic Formula for Education

14 Feb

The Learning Renaissance

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The answer, as with everything with this Tory government, was privatisation.

The question had been how to drive up standards in learning across the country.

Unsurprisingly, the Multiple Academy Chains which replaced Local Education Authorities made hay whilst the money was good and are now bleating when budgets are cut.

The MATs have had a patchy history, some embroiled in what amounted to embezzlement scams, with chief executives asked to, or forced to step down. Money has been misappropriated, often by those previously described as “superheads” on the basis of driving short term improvement in one school and then trying to take the same one trick pony of “do as I say and all will be well”  to multiples of schools. The element that characterised many of those leading MATS was a fearsome cult of personality that would make the North Korean leadership blush.

The result, bolstered by a culture…

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West London Free School: a bog-standard non-comprehensive?

9 Jan

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5 Ways to Improve Teachers’ Lives

18 Dec

@LeadingLearner

The cumulative effect of annually missing recruitment targets to Initial Teacher Training and chronically poor retention means if you don’t love the teachers you’ve got another school will be more than happy to welcome them.  I’ve always maintained that we can’t recruit our way out of the pending crisis; retention will be the key to having a full staffing establishment in the years ahead.

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Learning Strategies That Work

13 Dec

The Learning Renaissance

A great piece in the Guardian by Carl Hendrick that links principles to practise in the classroom. He also debunks some high workload / low impact elements present in many classrooms.

Read the full article here: Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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An Assessment Tool That Creates Conversation – Not Defensiveness

9 Dec

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Inspecting MATs: some initial thoughts on Ofsted’s strategy

5 Dec

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Principles for setting MAT CEO pay

5 Dec

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Principles for setting MAT CEO pay

5 Dec

Robert Hill's blog

The revelation by TES news at the end of October that 121 academy trusts in 2015/16 paid at least one employee more than £150,000 reignited a fierce debate about the governance of the MAT sector. It’s not just the headline figures that have exercised critics – they have also highlighted four underlying concerns:

  • the number of those in receipt of a salary higher than £150,000 is rising fast: up from 71 to 121 in one year. That may reflect the growth in the academy sector but is still worrying in terms of what it implies for the executive wage bill of a fully mature MAT sector ;
  • the rate of annual increase for a significant proportion of these highest paid employees is way above inflation: a quarter received an increase of 10 per cent or more in 2015/16;
  • some CEOs on the list were responsible for just three of four…

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What kind of uni lecturer do you want to be? My top ten mission statement tips 

15 Nov

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