Reflections from the Inquiry on Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism in Schools

This year I had a huge breakthrough in getting the Education and Science Select Committee to open an inquiry to investigate the identification of and support for students facing the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum disorders. We put the call out for submissions and were overwhelmed by the response. On the very […]

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National Standards – fake it till you make it?

Some school principals have revealed that they are getting some interesting advice from the Ministry of Education about how to incorporate the National Standards into their school charters. The suggestion that they should essentially fake it – by inserting the words “national standards” into their charters, even if they are not actively using them – […]

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PPPs undermine school foundations

I was alarmed by the Government’s announcement on Wednesday that it has started pursuing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for school buildings. It sounds innocuous but it is the “not so thin” edge of the privitisation wedge in the public education system. The “business case’ Minister Tolley refers to is irrelevant given that the public education […]

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