Helen Merrills looks at what the spending review means for schools. Perhaps the biggest controversy of Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement, at least for schools, was the announcement funding allocations will be replaced by a new national formula. The current system, which can see pupils mere miles apart receive funding with differences of up to [...] Read More →
Claire Alderson discusses the changing nature of content, and why it’s always been a part of good PR strategy. Adrian Michaels, founder of FirstWord Media, recently said the following: “That grating and squealing sound you can hear of handbrakes being applied at high speed is PR agencies repositioning as content-production specialists.” Indeed, content does seem to [...] Read More →

Hannah Ranson looks at how far schools should be responsible for the teaching of character education. Over the past year or so ‘character education’ has been the buzz-word for politicians with Gove and Hunt talking the talk in early 2014, and Nicky Morgan putting their words into action in December by announcing a new £5m […]

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Hannah Ranson who leads our work with schools reflects on the reputation of the Free Schools programme. On Tuesday (21st October) I attended a Westminster Education Forum event on ‘The future shape of England’s school system – academies, free schools and accountability and policy options’; an ambitious topic to cover in the space of one morning! […]

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Following launch of a government consultation last week, Claire Alderson asks whether planned new powers for regional schools commissioners are a further move towards a homogenous education system.   In education, creativity should be allowed free reign, and teachers with ample experience and expertise in the profession should be trusted. So why, then, after greatly […]

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As part of our 25th anniversary year, we’re launching a new partnership with social mobility charity, The Transformation Trust. We’ll be helping the charity raise its profile with businesses, pending the launch of a nationwide initiative which will offer valuable work experience, internships and mentoring opportunities to students from some of the most challenged state schools […]

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Sandra welcomes change to the 11+ exam.  It was 11+ Results Day in Buckinghamshire last Friday – you could tell by the way in which my 10-year-old son and his classmates came out of school in virtual silence, anxiously clutching their big brown envelopes.  “The Head came to tell us not to open it in […]

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Principal Consultant Fiona Leslie applauds plans to improve teachers’ competence in maths and English – and hopes it has a lasting impact on pupils.   Many of my friends make fun of me because my text messages are always grammatically perfect, complete with commas and apostrophes and with words spelled out in full – no […]

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Hannah reflects on the government reforms proposed for GCSE and A-level.   The introduction of any new government after more than a decade in the hands of the opposition will undoubtedly mean significant changes in policy. Yet in the education sector the changes being discussed appear to be much more severe and on a much […]

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