Gavin Williamson sets out the government’s renewed vision for a stronger school system: what next for school trusts?
This week saw the annual conference for the Confederation of School Trusts, the sector membership body for school (academy) trusts in England. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson delivered a keynote speech on Wednesday announcing the government’s plans to bring more schools into strong school trusts. The Minister promoted the growth of trust partnerships – a ‘try […]
This week families all over the country received secondary school offers – and what a strange offer day it was, with many children finding out they may be going to a school they have never had the chance to visit in person. Thanks to COVID-19, traditional open days had to be thrown by the wayside […]
The run up to Christmas break is what is often described as ‘silly season’ every year- everyone is tired, grumpy, resigned to a long, dark, damp winter. Staff bicker, parents complain and everyone’s sick. Then there is the run up to Christmas in the year 2020. The combined experience of chairing a trust with schools […]
As an American who grew up, in part, in Republican counties in key swing states (Pennsylvania and Florida), my Facebook newsfeed includes a lot of people from those voter battlegrounds. In 2016, I was concerned at the outpouring of Trump support across my Facebook, but optimistically hoped the polls would be right. I’ve seen the […]
Everyone is always so bloody tired by the end of the school year, that’s just a given. It’s a crawl to the last day of term. But usually there’s a holiday booked, things to look forward to – the sorts of things you know will recharge your batteries and set you up for a fresh […]
On Sunday I couldn’t sleep, so I was awake at midnight when a reminder popped up on my phone: SATs week, which would also mean GCSEs and A-levels. I lay there suddenly realising in a non-COVID-19 parallel universe, the major challenges facing school leaders during this usually stressful week would be ensuring proper exam administration, […]