September 2018 (1)


Taking the temperature of the school governance world

Thursday, 27 September 2018, with 0 comments

NGA and Tes have been carrying out a joint survey on all things school governance since 2011 and it has been my privilege to lead on this for the past two years. Over five thousand governors, trustees and academy committee members took the time to respond to this year’s survey and our thanks go out to each of them.


Accountability, oversight and support: Big data gives us the start of the conversation, not the end

Friday, 14 September 2018, with 0 comments

Big data gives us the start of the conversation, not the end; I remember when progress 8 replaced 5 A-C’s everyone welcomed it as an improvement. But a few years on, its shortcomings are now becoming obvious. It is providing an excuse to narrow options and is more difficult to achieve in disadvantaged areas. Every alternative had other downsides – and so we came to the conclusion neatly summarised by the adage “when a measure becomes a target it ceases to be a good measure”. 


A new vision for Religious Education

Monday, 10 September 2018, with 1 comments

Governing boards have the role of ensuring that the school meets its statutory responsibility to teach pupils RE. In a new blog, Emma Knights outlines recommendations from the final report of the Commission on RE which sets out a National Plan to ensure that all pupils receive their entitlement to a high quality academically rigorous and rich study of religious and non-religious worldviews.