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What makes a good school?
A Battle of Ideas satellite event
Thursday, 25 September 2014, 6.30pm
Pimlico Academy (Primary), Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3AT
Tickets are £5/£3 and are available here
Since 2010 the UK Coalition has aimed to increase the number
of state schools that are at least good if not excellent. The aspiration has
been to ensure that all pupils are given an equal educational start in life.
But just as Rome was not built in day, so it is with English state education.
Certainly significant changes have been made: more 50% of state secondary
schools are now academies and enjoy greater flexibility over staffing and the
curriculum; a new network of Teaching Schools has been developed, with the aim
of ensuring that the next generation of teachers is equipped with the skills
they need to excel; the Office for Standards in Education (OfSTED) has also had
its role enhanced, with measures such as zero notice inspections.
But what exactly is a good school? Is the current raft of
policy reforms enabling more schools to become good or are they just more
bureaucratic posturing? Are teachers the most important factor? Is OFSTED the
key to success or a barrier? What can state schools learn from private schools
and is there anything that the independent sector can learn from the state
(chief executive, National Governors’ Association)
(General Secretary of the Association of School and College
(teacher and blogger at teachingbattleground.
(founder and Principal of the East London Science School)
(Director of Education, Pimlico Academy)
The full programme of 2014 Battle of Ideas can be found here
This event has been organised with the kind support of the Pimlico Academy
SCETT welcomes our newest constituent member,
The Educational Institute of Scotland
SCETT's In Defence of Teacher Education is available for download here
SCETT will soon publish a collection of essays entitled
What is the role of teacher today?