Ofsted Deputy Director for Schools, Matthew Purves

What to expect in an inspection, from an Ofsted leader

An interview with Ofsted’s Deputy Director for Schools, Matthew Purves, has revealed that school leaders and teachers believe Ofsted has the right focus for the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) which will be launched in September. The interview, conducted by primary school curriculum provider Cornerstones Education, is the third in a series with Ofsted, as part of their commitment to help schools understand what to expect from the new framework. Mr Purves has been a leading force in… Full story
Louise Doyle, director at Mesma, on ensuring the quality of apprenticeships


Louise Doyle, director at Mesma, on ensuring the quality of apprenticeships... The figures below are the results of Ofsted inspection activity in-year. It’s important to note these grades are for apprenticeship provision. This means they are not specific to any one type of provider. It’s surprising how often this is misunderstood. • 17/18 - Ofsted graded 58% of apprenticeship provision was at least good • 16/17 - 49% at least good • 15/16 - 63% at least good • 14/15 - 51% at least good  … Full story
GAG pooling - Mat Smith on improving school finance

School finance – has your MAT considered GAG pooling?

Mat Smith, chartered certified accountant and solutions architect at PS Financials, part of the IRIS Software Group, puts a spotlight on improving school finance through General Annual Grant (GAG) pooling. Lord Agnew, the under-secretary of state for the school system, suggested that GAG pooling – where a multi-academy trust (MAT) collects general annual grant funding centrally and allocates budgets to individual schools – is an effective way to improve best practice. Research has shown that… Full story
Najwa Jawahar at the Rocking Ur Teens careers event

Girls in STEM careers: Nothing is impossible

Najwa Jawahar MEng, BEng CEng MIStructE, is a senior structural engineer at WSP – which provides a range of services from building high-rise property to mining precious metals. Here, she reviews the Rocking Ur Teens event which took place earlier this year in a bid to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM industries – and boost pupils' confidence. Nothing Is Impossible I am a chartered structural engineer and specialise in the design of tall buildings. I joined WSP, a global design… Full story
edtech - the Siemens biology app in use with pupils

Changing attitudes to edtech 

Siemens UK Schools and Education Manager, Brenda Yearsley, on changing attitudes to edtech through providing meaningful e-learning tools…  Many parents, teachers and carers are worried that smartphone and tablet use is blocking their children's career prospects.... what if the use of technology is actually a gateway to life-long learning? I would say that the methodology of engagement with young people is as important as the content; the world of work is forever changing and we need to… Full story
young teacher

Teacher resilience: workload and management support

Research shows workplace conditions play greater role than personal characteristics Workload and management support are more strongly associated with teachers’ ability to cope with the demands of the profession than their personal characteristics, new research suggests. Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University found that the resilience of teachers was influenced more by external factors – such as how a school is run and its culture – than internal and personal factors, such as lack of… Full story
Netsupport school launches google classroom

NetSupport School launches Google Classroom integration at ISTE 2019

NetSupport is delighted to announce the launch of Google Classroom integration in its award-winning classroom management solution, NetSupport School, at ISTE 2019! As schools continue to heavily invest in edtech, NetSupport remains focused on ensuring schools maximise its use and benefits by keeping it simple. According to research by PwC, only 10 per cent of 2,000 teachers surveyed reported feeling secure in their abilities to incorporate “higher-level” technology into their classroom, while … Full story
Matt Lent CEO of Future First

Future First helps budding lawyers with careers insight

Young people interested in a career in law have the chance to gain careers insight and work experience at a leading legal firm under a programme designed to improve social mobility. The national education charity Future First has partnered with Taylor Wessing to offer a programme for 80 sixth form students from London schools which will improve their aspiration and confidence and boost their job readiness and employability. The students joined Taylor Wessing staff for insight days designed to… Full story
George Heriot pupils with mental health advocate Fergus Crawley

George Heriot’s pupils talk mental health

Mental health advocate, Fergus Crawley, visited George Heriot’s School as part of the school’s initiative to encourage its young people to be open about mental health and speaking out. During his visit to the Edinburgh school, where he addressed both junior and senior school pupils, Edinburgh-born Fergus (23) talked openly about the difficulties he faced with the transition to university, as well as his own suicide attempt in 2016, and provided advice he wished he had known at the time.… Full story
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Education Mutual Becomes AFM's 50th Member

Education Mutual is the latest firm to join the Association of Financial Mutuals (AFM), becoming the organisation’s 50th member. Education Mutual, a national mutual, launched in July 2018 to provide cover for schools for staff absences and other health services. The mutual’s core purpose is to be ‘By Schools, for Schools’, which means schools and academies that sign up to its services automatically become members.   The mutual insurance industry has doubled its market share in the 10 years… Full story
Education professional - teacher - helping a young child

3/4 of education professionals haven’t had a pay rise in the last 12 months

New research conducted by CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board, reveals that three quarters (74.1%) of education professionals haven’t had a formal pay review meeting in the past year. This has resulted in just 20% of workers in the industry receiving a pay rise over the last 12 months, despite not being offered an annual pay review.  In addition to this, the study, which surveyed over 1,200 UK professionals, found that over three quarters (77.8%) of workers in the industry… Full story
Adrift Project Home Board in Cheshire School

Adrift Refugee Project Making A Big Impact in Cheshire Schools

Ahead of Refugee Week, 17-23 June 2019, Cheshire schools have been utilising a school based project called Adrift to enable children to understand the plight of refugees.  The starting point for the project was the play Adrift, which was created by Action Transport Theatre in collaboration with St. Bernard’s RC Primary School in Ellesmere Port. Billed as a ‘refugee fairytale’, Adrift tells the story of two refugee children on a boat as they dream, play and laugh.  Children from St. Bernard’s… Full story
Physics classroom resources in use during an experiment

Free classroom resources launched by Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has announced the launch of a brand new education website – IOPSpark – designed to provide online classroom resources for every aspect of teaching pre-19 physics. In a single, easy-to-navigate destination, teachers can discover: The UK and Ireland’s most comprehensive set of free, quality physics classroom resources A carefully curated collection of themed research, news, video content and expert comment designed to bring classroom teaching to life with… Full story
Girls at school with teacher talking about period poverty

"period poverty holds girls back from doing well at school"

New phs report reveals half of teenage girls say period poverty holds girls back from doing well at school  A new research report by hygiene services provider phs Group reveals nearly half of teenage girls believe period poverty prevents girls from doing well at school and a third believe it holds them back from achieving their aspirations.  The new phs survey on the experiences and opinions of 1,000 teenage girls across the UK found that nearly one in 10 girls believe having to miss school … Full story
School children using computers to get online

New research highlights schools’ lack of confidence in handling online abuse

RM Education has today released key findings from its latest research - conducted in association with the NSPCC - into online safety policy and practice in UK schools.  The survey asked 1,158 senior leaders, designated safeguarding leads and network managers from primary and secondary schools for their views and experiences in creating safe web environments for pupils. Results revealed that only 37 per cent felt very confident in identifying and handling online abuse incidents involving… Full story
FREE Safeguarding in September Webinar

FREE Safeguarding in September Webinar

Sign up to Educare's FREE Safeguarding in September webinar today!  When? Tuesday, June 25th at 4:00pm September always brings fresh challenges with children returning to school after the long summer break and new pupils and staff settling in. This year, there will be additional complexity due to the introduction of Ofsted’s new inspection framework and changes to PSHE guidelines. In this free webinar from EduCare, former Headteacher, Doug Watt, and Pastoral Care Specialist, Dawn Jotham,… Full story