COMPUTER GAMES – DO YOU KNOW THE SORT OF GAMES YOUR PUPILS ARE PLAYING? DO YOU KNOW IF THE GAMES APPROPRIATE? WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY? Earlier in March David Cameron announced that adults in positions of responsibility could face prison sentences of up to five years if they fail to report allegations of neglect or… Read more »

The Department for Education has just published its latest document relating to the teaching and learning of reading: Reading: the next steps Supporting higher standards in schools. The document demonstrates the government’s commitment to use of “Synthetic Phonics” as the method for teaching children to read. This commitment stems from a report, published in 2006,… Read more »

On Tuesday 3rd March 2015 Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) confirmed its plans to remove the practical element from GCSE science exams – it has already done this for GCE ‘A’ levels. From September 2016 Science GCSE’s will be assessed by examination only with the first exams being in 2018. It is… Read more »

“Leading the Way: Blueprint for a Self Improving System” On 25th February 2015 the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) published this highly significant document which proposes a school system in which “government would step back from micro managing schools and colleges and in which the teaching profession would step forward to lead development-… Read more »