MPs say phonics could hurt reading
The Westminster Government's focus on phonics could contribute to a decline in reading standards, a group of MPs has warned. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Education has called on the Government to do more to emphasise the importance of reading for pleasure, including greater support for libraries.
KS2 Sats marking dubbed `mockery'
Schools are "queueing up" to complain about the quality of marking in this year's key stage 2 Sats, which is making a "mockery" of the efforts of teachers and pupils, according to a headteachers' union in England. A catalogue of errors has been reported, with pupils of all abilities awarded the wrong grades, according to the NAHT.
Ex-Ofsted chief on broken promise
Ofsted's internal culture led to it reneging on a promise to give parents a say on when schools should be inspected, the outgoing head of the English education watchdog has revealed. Christine Gilbert has admitted she was forced to back down on a plan to monitor parental views as part of school risk assessments, despite her strong support for the idea.
Second time not so lucky for 42%
New figures reveal 42 per cent of primary and secondary schools in Wales needed follow-up visits under the schools inspectorate Estyn's new common inspection framework. Estyn has inspected 197 primaries and 31 secondaries since the framework's launch in September. Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews said it was "staggering" that 97 schools required follow- up.