Free schools and academies have found that setting improves standards. It’s time to stop giving huge public funds to academics who disregard this evidence.
Tougher exams are not to blame. Too often children’s time for the first three years of secondary school is wasted.
My advice to parents seeking help from local authorities is not to bother – as it would probably be worse than useless. Their methods ignore the way the brain works.
Too much of teachers’ time is still spent away from the classroom on paperwork and invented data.
Not only can we teach our children to read but we can also defeat illiteracy in our prisons.
Give trainee teachers much more experience of working with individual children, so that they learn to focus on the person in front of them, and not on what someone else tells them to do.
The evidence of improved standards shows that a knowledge-rich curriculum is the best way to enable each person to achieve the best of which he or she is capable.
“Alternative Provision” for disruptive children is still not good enough – as Justine Greening has recognised.
The phonics check for six year olds and the free schools programme are genuine breakthroughs.
Pointless paperwork, excessively detailed planning, and over-marking need to be addressed by Justine Greening.
Pupils enter the dining hall smiling and loudly reciting Shelley’s Ozymandias.
The Ofsted report is a vindication for the approach of Katharine Birbalsingh.
One headteacher I spoke to, who normally vote Conservatives, had a dodgy boiler at her school and no means of replacing it.
According to the originators of the Labour policy, the owner of a £300,000 house would be liable for tax of £4,950 a year.
There are too many examination papers – cutting the number would save money and stress.