The HTRT Doorstep Manifesto #GE2017

Initial plans were in place for a Headteachers’ Roundtable Think Tank this summer; slots were being booked to host fringe events at the political parties’ Autumn Conferences and we planned to launch our Education Manifesto in November 2017, the mid-point of this five year fixed term Parliament.  Then Theresa May announces a snap General Election; the best laid plans of mice and men. Continue reading

Recruitment, Budgets and Accountability by Ros McMullen (@RosMcM)

First published last month on Ros’ personal blog.

If you believe, as I do, that there is no better job than that of being a teacher then we should have all been surprised, horrified and baffled when listening to the news this morning that there is a crisis in teacher recruitment. But we weren’t, were we? I think the only surprise was that it was finally making headlines – this has been a long time coming. Continue reading

Flat Cash Ed Hell

The only other time I felt such a deep sense of “I’m not trained for this” was on the arrival of my first child. This week, engaging with interviews for TV and Radio as the story of schools’ funding finally hit national headlines. Continue reading

Do some children matter more than others? Be proud and champion SEND! by Dave Whitaker (@davewhitaker246)

It’s time the tide turned and all schools began to champion their work with children who have SEND. In fact, it’s time the government began to champion schools who look after and educate our most vulnerable children. Clearly, according to the school accountability measures, some children matter more than others.

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The big funding question …. Will we be better off or will we be worse off with the government’s new proposals for a National Funding Formula? Sally Hamson (@SallyHamson)

Last week I decided to investigate our funding for last year compared to the new proposed figures, as per the National Funding Formula (NFF) consultation document. The anticipation was high! Continue reading