Reminder: Check your school’s data by 15th September

The performance tables data checking exercise is open until 5pm on Friday 15th September. Schools are asked to check their pupil level data and, if necessary, submit requests to amend the data on which their performance measures are calculated. You must submit confirmation of data even if you have no amendments to make. Any changes to [...]

2017-09-08T08:49:45+00:00 September 8th, 2017|

Sutton Trust Report June 2017 – Chain Effects 2017

The Sutton Trust in its fourth annual report on academy chains, Chain Effects 2017 – The impact of academy chains on low income students, reveals the continued lack of impact academy chains are having in turning around the low attainment levels of disadvantaged students, a stated aim of the original sponsored academies programme. In [...]

2017-07-21T14:34:15+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

Second school at Grenestede Academy judged GOOD!

Just a month after the sister school was inspected, Halsford Park Primary – part of the Grenstede Academy has also received an overall Good judgement at inspection. (See news story 5th June for Baldwin’s Hill) The Executive Head Teacher Glenn Livingstone, previously led Hangleton Junior, Hove to a Good judgement in 2014 whilst part [...]

2017-07-18T11:50:28+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

West Borough – Outstanding for Leadership and Early Years Provision. So well deserved!

At a recent inspection, West Borough Primary School received an overall Good judgement including Outstanding for Leadership and for Early Years Foundation Stage. The dedicated team at West Borough Primary school had to wait nearly 2 ½ years for this visit. This time they got the recognition they truly deserve. Having taken part in [...]

2017-07-18T11:58:56+00:00 July 18th, 2017|

NAHT Aspire bucks the trend in inspection outcomes!

Ofsted has issued official statistics and an analysis of inspection outcomes for the period September 2016 to the end of March 2017 that highlights how well primary schools partnering with NAHT Aspire / EdisonLearning are thriving.   The Report notes ‘a lack of improvement of schools that require improvement over previous years’ and that [...]

2017-07-07T09:37:16+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

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|