In the continuing debate about the extent of antisemitism in Britain, arguably the most obvious feature is the lack of good evidence to support the views of most commentators. I have already commented on that in a previous blog that was largely concerned with allegations against the Labour party. Leaving that aside, there has also … Continue reading The extent of antisemitism in Britain
The current pitiful state of mainstream political debate within the UK is hardly news – one has to look no further than the machinations over Brexit to realise that sad fact. Yet, rivalling even that debacle, is the way in which various politicians and interested parties have sought to utilise allegations of antisemitism within … Continue reading Where is the Antisemitism?
The publication of a new consultation document on the future of OFSTED school inspections raises concerns about its approach to inspection that have in fact been around for some time (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/education-inspection-framework-2019-inspecting-the-substance-of-education ). This commentary reiterates them in the light of this new consultation. A reading of the foreword by the chief inspector Amanda Spielman appears … Continue reading The role of OFSTED – a critique of OFSTED’s consultation
There is still an argument about whether school league tables, despite their well-known side effects, actually improve the performance of pupils by ‘holding schools to account’. This is despite careful analysis of extensive data collected by Government on all pupils in England via the National Pupil Dataset (NPD) and details can be found at http://cmm/team/hg/full-publications/2011/predicting-probabilities-school-choice.pdf … Continue reading Do league tables really improve test scores?
For over a decade OECD has been promoting its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as a robust means of comparing the performance of educational systems in a range of countries. The latest results of tests on 15 year olds was published early in December and the British government, along with many others in Europe … Continue reading PISA and Public Policy
The trend towards private schoolinghas largely been a phenomenon of industrialised country education systems,starting with Charter schools in the USA and spreading to other countries such as England where Government policyannounced in 2016 is to convert all schools into ‘academies’ run by so-calledmulti-academy chains. In these systems the commercial returns fromprivatisation is often indirect, being expressed … Continue reading The role of private school chains in Africa