Education, education, education

As a parent of a child about to start education and another child soon to embark on secondary education, our UK system fascinates me.

Some interesting stories on education today:

Ofsted warns of ‘squalid’ illegal schools

Ofsted is warning that pupils are being taught in “squalid” schools that are unregistered and unsupervised. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says the process to close such schools is “inadequate”. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says there are plans for “further powers to regulate settings which teach children intensively and to intervene and impose sanctions where there are safety or welfare concerns.”Inspectors visited 28 institutions where there were concerns and found 15 unregistered schools. Wilshaw accuses local authorities of not acting swiftly enough, and said Birmingham City Council was particularly at fault in the case of Bordesley Independent School. “Local authority officers acknowledge the problem, but too often use the excuse of bureaucracy, legislation or lack of resources as a reason for inaction,” he said. Brigid Jones from the council rejected the comments, saying: “Here in Birmingham we raised our concerns with Ofsted and the DfE several months ago and are glad Ofsted is now taking action.” BBC News   The Times, Page: 21   The Daily Telegraph, Page: 10   The Guardian, Page: 6   The Independent, Page: 7   The Sun, Page: 2   Daily Mail, Page: 19

 Bradford looks abroad for new teachers

Bradford City Council is looking abroad for suitably qualified staff after struggling to recruit primary and secondary school teachers. A report by the director of children’s services at the council says more than half the city’s schools face recruitment problems. Now, the council is looking to Australia, Canada and Ireland to fill the vacancies. BBC News

School goes from “failing” to “outstanding” in a year

Foxfield primary school in Woolwich is only the fifth school in the country since 2005 to go from being rated as “failing” by Ofsted to “outstanding” in one inspection. Greenwich Council worked with the school to improve standards. The council’s deputy leader John Fahy said the school’s transformation “shows the difference that can be made when a local council gives its full support to its schools”. Evening Standard, Page: 24

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