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An alternative view of funding….Monty Python’s Life of Dave. By Dave Whitaker (@davewhitaker246)

Deciding levels of funding for children in Alternative Provision (AP) is a complicated and sophisticated process ………


Dave: This bloke won’t haggle.

Dave’s Finance Manager: Won’t haggle?!

LA Officer: All right, do we have to?

Dave: Now, look. I want twenty for that kid Continue reading


From Liam Collins on 3 June 2017

Titled @Geoffbastin @Bayliss4BB @jpkemp94 @Jolph @HuwMerriman what are your views on plans for new grammar schools? #compfuture
Liam pens an open letter to parliamentary candidates with respect to the potential introduction of new grammar schools. Liam highlights the issues regarding their possible impact upon existing schools.


Liam Collins is a member of the core group of Heads’ Roundtable. He is a headteacher of a rural comprehensive secondary school in East Sussex.

‘Great teaching’ and the National Recruitment Team & Fund by Rob Campbell (@robcampbe11)

All schools need great teaching…

It is not just an aphorism that great schools need great teaching to impact the most on students’ learning. Research has identified that when it comes to student achievement, of all the school-related factors, teachers matter most (RAND, 2017). Teaching can have two or three times as much impact as other factors such as leadership, facilities and support services. 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

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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