British astronaut Major Tim Peake’s blast off from the Baikonour Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan, has captured the imagination of many primary pupils (and their teachers!). Thousands amazing displays and stories have been produced by children across the country. The major will be spending six months on the international space station and during this time he will… Read more »

The Children’s Commissioner’s report ‘Protecting children from harm’ has recently been published. Taking over a year to research and produce it has brought to light that the scale of child sexual abuse is much larger than many working with children were aware. It is estimated that only 1 in 8 victims of sexual abuse comes… Read more »

Here we go again! Every few years we reach a point where our schools are faced with a recruitment crisis which goes beyond the usual serious shortage of mathematics and physics teachers. There are simply not enough teachers to provide the quality education for our primary and secondary pupils up to the age of sixteen…. Read more »

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has recently published a report: “Students Computers and Learning – Making the connection” which reaches, perhaps, some surprising conclusions. Students in countries with the lowest use of computers in schools actually scored better in digital reading and computer based mathematics tests in the International Student Assessment (PISA)… Read more »

Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Ofsted has just recently produced a report – Key Stage 3: the wasted years? This publication implies that many secondary schools are failing to provide adequately for Key Stage 3 pupils. This piece of work has analysed a number of recent secondary school inspections and it claims that there are a significant… Read more »

As we come to the start of the new academic year there are a number of issues that have arisen or have not gone away! Eating Disorders: A recent survey of data has indicated that this serious medical condition is affecting children as young as eight years old. Many schools do have policies in place… Read more »

WHY DO OUR CHILDREN RANK SO LOW IN SUBJECTIVE WELL-BEING COMPARED TO THEIR PEERS IN OTHER COUNTRIES? The Children’s Society has just published its’ latest report relating to children’s subjective well-being. The report is based on the Society’s ongoing research it is undertaking with the University of York. The report covers aspects well- being as… Read more »

ResPublica has just published a report – ‘In Professions We Trust’ – Fostering virtuous practitioners in teaching, law and medicine ResPublica is an independent think tank and this piece of work has been produced by Philip Bond (Director of ResPublica), Dr Elena Antonacopoulou (Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Liverpool) and Dr Adrian… Read more »

The new ‘Common Inspection Framework (CIF) has been revised and will operate from September 2015. In addition to developing the new inspection regime Ofsted seem to have taken the opportunity to cull many of the current inspectors. This may well greeted with some satisfaction in many quarters of the profession with many heads privately reporting… Read more »