We cannot supply this list I'm afraid, as what might not work well for one teacher or in one school could be very successful in another! However there are some definite areas to be avoided. Mr Gove mentioned recently poor governance as an issue:
"A sprawling committee and proliferating sub-committees. Local worthies who see being a governor as a badge of status not a job of work. Discussions that ramble on about peripheral issues, influenced by fads and anecdote, not facts and analysis. A failure to be rigorous about performance. A failure to challenge heads forensically and also, when heads are doing a good job, support them authoritatively."
He also mentioned some of the things that are working against teachers when they try to do their best for their pupils:
"Teaching union leaders who deny there is any such thing as a bad teacher who needs to go - and so hold back freedom and recognition for those good teachers who deserve our praise and promotion.
Teaching union leaders who oppose the extra work involved in getting every child to read fluently at 6.
Subject association leaders who argue that it is oppressive to teach children grammar.
Union leaders who object to poor schools getting help from those with a track record of excellence because it offends their ideology.
Union leaders whose conferences discuss the terms, conditions, pay, pensions, party politics and ideological crusades of their members - but not the curriculum, standards, support and help which is right for children."
Q: What percentage of schools inspected since Sept 2011 have been judged to be outstanding?
DfE answers: We only have Ofsted's latest figures, which are up to August 2011.
These showed that 11% of all schools were judged as `outstanding'.
Percentage of fsm pupils going on to university
Q: Very often schools choose to focus on the attainment gap between boys and girls. Isn't it in fact true that the attainment gap between pupils on fsm and those not on fsm is far greater than the gender gap?
DfE answers: Yes, that's true.
Q: Would it be true to say that boys not on fsm tend to attain better than girls on fsm in examinations?
DfE answers: Yes.
Q: What are the latest figures in terms of gender gap at GCSE?
DfE answers: Girls continue to outperform boys: 61.9 per cent of girls achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs compared with 54.6 per cent of boys. Female students achieved higher average point scores than males. The average total points achieved by female students were 31.9 points higher (748.1 compared to 716.2 for males) and the average points per entry were 6.8 points higher (218.7 compared to 211.9 for males).
A slightly greater percentage of female students achieved 2 A-level passes or equivalent (93.0 per cent compared to 92.4 per cent for males). Full information is here:
FSMnon FSM pupils at GCSE: 34.6 per cent of pupils eligible for FSM achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, compared to 62.0 per cent of all other pupils.
And 33.8 per cent of disadvantaged pupils (pupils eligible for FSM or looked after children) achieved 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE or equivalent including English and mathematics GCSEs, compared to 62.3 per cent of all other pupils.
Q: What percentage of pupils on FSM go to university at 18? A: 21% What percentage of pupils NOT on FSM go to university at 18?
DfE answers: 40%
Q: Are there statistics re: university drop out rate for fsm and non fsm pupils?
DfE answers: These are supplied by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.Young people whose parents were in higher or lower professional occupations and who had higher levels of educational achievement were more likely to be qualified to Level 3 than others with parents in non-professional occupations or with lower achievement. Level 3 achievement by age 20 was also less common for those who were eligible for free school meals in Year 11 (36% attained) compared with those who did not (62% attained). The figures are here (table 2.1.4 is the one you want) http:www.education.gov.ukrsgatewayDBSBUb001014b01-2011v2.pdf
Read the Qamp;As for June and July here