A Broad and Balanced Curriculum

By Julie Goodridge Recent Ofsted inspections are highlighting a challenge. The challenge is to balance the requirement and opportunity to further develop reading, writing and mathematical skills through other subjects across the curriculum whilst also teaching the skills, knowledge and understanding of those subjects. We are encouraged in the National Curriculum to: ‘use every [...]

2017-06-30T10:18:46+00:00 June 30th, 2017|

Unsustainable Intervention

A well-known trust is planning to develop a knowledge based curriculum after it declared that it has focussed too much on “unsustainable” intervention approaches for turning around schools with the admission that whilst essential for initial impact, the approach isn’t sustainable in the long term”. They are not alone. How many cases of this [...]

2017-06-07T10:58:41+00:00 June 7th, 2017|

Calling all Teaching Schools

Are you a teaching school looking to develop your school improvement portfolio? The original NAHT Aspire programme for primary schools was sponsored by the DFE, independently evaluated by Derby University, and is now being delivered to more than 100 schools nationally. With the launch of the Strategic School Improvement fund (SSIF) and the Teaching [...]

2017-06-06T10:20:38+00:00 June 6th, 2017|

Ofsted Success May 2017 – The Ilfracombe Academy

We are delighted to hear that a former secondary partner school, The Ilfracombe Academy, secured a good judgement in its recent Ofsted inspection – its first Ofsted inspection following a two-year partnership with EdisonLearning. It was a pleasure to work with such a committed school community – congratulations to everyone and we look forward [...]

2017-06-05T10:36:34+00:00 June 6th, 2017|

Ofsted Success 2014-2017 – Secondary Partner Schools

Whilst many secondary schools now work with EdisonLearning on bespoke projects to develop certain aspects of provision such as teaching and learning using our Recipe for Great Teaching or leadership using our Quality Framework for Leadership some secondary schools engage in more holistic, longer term partnerships. They do so having undertaken EdisonLearning’s school review [...]

2017-06-05T10:35:14+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

Congratulations to Carden and Baldwin’s Hill Primary Schools!

Both Carden Primary School, Brighton and Baldwin’s Hill Primary, East Grinstead have recently achieved a Good rating from Ofsted. There is an interesting link between these schools. The Head at Carden and Executive Teacher and one Head of School at Baldwin’s Hill – which is part of the Grenestede Academy - took up their [...]

2017-05-31T11:24:25+00:00 June 5th, 2017|

Strategic School Improvement Fund

In March 2017 the DFE announced the Strategic School Improvement Fund and the eligibility criteria for schools and providers. EdisonLearning are seeking partner organisations from Teaching Schools, Multi Academy Trusts and Local Authorities to become accredited partners for the delivery of the NAHT Aspire programme independently and through the fund. NAHT represent over 80% [...]

2017-05-16T15:46:46+00:00 May 16th, 2017|

How is data being used to inform Ofsted Inspections?

Almost three years after the introduction of the new National Curriculum, the focus of concern for the overwhelming majority of schools is still the accuracy of progress and attainment data which will be used to inform Ofsted’s judgement of the effectiveness of a school. The 5th May saw the publication of a new information [...]

2017-05-12T11:19:02+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

Celebrating National Charter Schools Week

Our colleagues at EdisonLearning Inc celebrated National Charter Schools week last week. EdisonLearning has helped to establish a solid educational model and learning culture in a number of Charter Schools. Read what our President and Chief Executive Officer, Thom Jackson, had to say below.   Upon the conclusion of the American Revolution, our newly [...]

2017-05-10T08:48:01+00:00 May 10th, 2017|