The failure of a SEND system

The underlying truths within the SEND Commissioner’s report on the failure of Birmingham City Council’s SEND services. If a review is a process of looking back and critically examining something, the SEND Review is not a review of the Special Educational Needs and Disability system, as it promised to be.   Commissioned in 2019 and… Continue reading The failure of a SEND system

The SEND Review

When is a review not a review? The Department for Education began a process in 2019 called the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Review.  Based on this title (and the part of its subtitle which says ‘Government consultation on the SEND and alternative provision system’) an unsuspecting person might be drawn into thinking that… Continue reading The SEND Review

Ofsted -The Education Deceptions

Ofsted – Part 2 The birth of the revised inspection framework Many Ofsted inspectors must have experienced something of a Damascene moment in 2017 when confronted by the reality that learning is invisible and not something that they can ‘see’, even if the inspection framework and the training process told them otherwise. (See: With… Continue reading Ofsted -The Education Deceptions

The Devil’s Educational Glossary M-Z

Multi-Academy Trust A private enterprise group that has acquired a whole herd of cash cows, making up into a very nice little earner indeed, and never mind the olfactory and climatic effects of the resultant methane emissions. National Literacy Strategy A set of ideas about the teaching of reading and writing of extraordinary longevity, complexity… Continue reading The Devil’s Educational Glossary M-Z

The Education Deceptions

Ofsted – Part 1 The observation of the unobservable Imagine that you’re attending a hospital outpatient department for a routine medical procedure and just before it starts (or maybe it’s started) someone enters the room and explains that he or she is an inspector who is there to observe how much your health improves during… Continue reading The Education Deceptions