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The Schools Bill: Should we be worried?

Is the list of powers in the Schools Bill a green light for more government meddling, and should we be worried? Geoff Barton considers this question in his weekly blog. 

Posted: 27/05/2022 08:45:55
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Regulations
  • Legislation
  • DfE
  • Blog

A Brief Introduction to Physical Literacy

Following her recent conversation on the Primary Podcast, PE scholar Dr Liz Durden-Myers explains more about the concept, principles and practice of physical literacy in her guest blog.  

Posted: 25/05/2022 09:34:48
  • Curriculum
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Primary
  • Mental Health
  • Early years
  • Blog

Governance of the Future: Getting your MAT board ready

In this guest blog, ASCL Premier Partner OnBoard shares tips and advice on how to get your MAT board ready for the future. 

Posted: 24/05/2022 09:08:12
  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Governors and Trustees
  • Planning
  • Strategy
  • Organisational culture
  • Blog

Ofsted, trusts and the shape of things to come

What does the recent schools White Paper mean for inspection? How do we make inspection work better for schools, for colleges, for students, communities and for the taxpayer?  ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton starts the debate in his weekly blog.

Posted: 20/05/2022 09:10:28
  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Blog

Student anxiety has emerged as the biggest challenge of exams season

Our member survey published this week showed headteachers reporting significant levels of stress and anxiety among students taking exams this year.  Geoff Barton highlights steps the government should take to tackle the issue. 

Posted: 13/05/2022 09:48:37
  • Funding
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Mental Health
  • Government
  • DfE
  • Blog

GCSEs must be reformed for the sake of pupils’ mental health

Following publication this week of Ofqual's three-year plan, Geoff Barton argues in his latest blog that it's time for a rethink of our outdated GCSE exam system for the sake of pupils' mental health.

Posted: 06/05/2022 08:36:34
  • Assessment
  • Examinations
  • Key Stage 4
  • GCSE
  • Mental Health
  • Ofqual
  • Qualifications
  • Blog