Local press cover plans for yet another school in Sawyers Hall Lane

Following our post last Saturday that revealed the existence of a plan by Essex County Council (ECC) to put another school in the already overcrowded Sawyers Hall Lane (“Are there really plans for a FIFTH primary school in Sawyers Hall Lane?” http://wp.me/p2dr6s-fL) the local press have been busy collecting statements and comments from interested parties. […] Continue reading

If an “impact” is what you seek, how valid is the assessment?

Last week the UK’s largest teaching union, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), released a statement confirming that, 18 months after their initial request, they had secured an obligation on the Department for Education (DfE) to release free school impact assessments: “The National Union of Teachers is delighted that the Information Commissioner has upheld the […] Continue reading

Does policy by “parental demand” best meet the needs of students?

Chelmsford County High School for Girls (CCHS) has announced that they are changing their admissions policy from next year. The policy change is outlined on the school’s website: http://www.cchs.co.uk/ch/home/latest_news/change_to_admissions_tests_for_year_7_entry_from_september_2014_onwards The explanation provided for it is as follows: “For some years we have been concerned that many parents have associated entry to this school with the […] Continue reading