Our education blog
England’s system for deciding struggling schools’ futures, now effectively run in-house and in private by the Department for Education, has serious questions to answer.
“Although this blog is being published under my name, it is the work of an anonymous contributor who is a Prospect member with frontline experience and expertise of many of the issues raised in the DfE consultation. This blog is their personal reaction and analysis of the consultation’s interim findings....
Why are new schools being opened on temporary sites, sometimes before planning permission for their permanent homes has been given, and with the prospect of years of uncertainty over their long-term location?
Does the recent decision of Damian Hinds, the education secretary, to remove an overlap between the roles of Ofsted and the government’s Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) signal a final end to years of behind-the-scenes skirmishes between English schools’ two most influential bodies?
The issue of the merits of local authority oversight versus ministers’ favoured approach, which sees charitable trusts running schools subject to monitoring by central government, is back in the spotlight after a major academy chain failed.
England’s schools were given what seemed a boost as they broke up for the summer, when the education secretary Justine Greening announced an “extra” £1.3bn a year over the next two years. But will it be enough to cover fast-increasing costs in all cases?
Where now for education policy in England? Many will wonder, after a general election that unexpectedly delivered a near-knockout blow to Theresa May, and where school funding cut through as one of the leading issues of concern for voters.
Does the public have the right to expect honesty from politicians as they set out their plans for the next parliament in their general election manifestos?
Do you, as a taxpayer, want to know exactly how much individual free schools have cost you over recent years, given that this is a flagship government education policy that seems likely to feature in the Conservatives’ manifesto?
The oversight of thousands of publicly-funded academy schools, which once operated under the auspices of their local authorities but are now subject to semi-private management by charitable trusts, is a mess.