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Which accountability measures should schools prioritise?

With the DfE and Ofsted making clashing requirements, Liam Collins is forced to wonder which accountability measures and diktats schools should be prioritising Let us all understand this correctly: the new key stage 4 accountability measure will be the lever that gets schools to enter every pupil into the now infamous five (effectively seven) Ebacc GCSEs. We already have to work out how to deliver a third as much content again in these new exams, then in the same summer, Ofsted announced it would take a dim view of schools that narrow their curriculum to score well on league tables. This leaves school leaders stuck between a rock and a hard place. Here’s the dilemma: should a school aim for great outcomes on the Ebacc by focusing on a narrow curriculum that is suited to the intake, and risk a poor Ofsted report? Or opt for a wider curriculum and poorer outcomes, and face the RSC breathing down its neck instead? Poor accountability measures mean people lose their jobs, but so does a poor Ofsted According to Ofqual, the Ebacc curriculum has already been narrowed away from creative subjects. There is only so much time in a curriculum and forcing schools...

EBacc improves pupils’ chances of studying A-levels

Studying subjects in the English Baccalaureate increases the likelihood that a student will stay on at school and sit A-levels, regardless of their ability, according to new research. Students who pursue the full range of EBacc subjects – maths, English, science, history or geography, and a language – between the ages of 14 and 16 have “a greater probability of progression to all post-16 educational outcomes”, while taking applied GCSEs has “the opposite effect,” according to researchers Vanessa Moulton, Morag Henderson, Jake Anders and Alice Sullivan. Speaking to Schools Week, Sullivan explained that even when controlling for student ability by taking into account previous key stage scores, EBacc subjects make pupils more likely to stay on in education. “The results show that controlling for both prior attainment, and a range of socio-economic and other factors, pupils who had taken EBacc subjects at GCSE were seven percentage points more likely to stay on at school,” Sullivan said. Pupils taking EBacc subjects at GCSE are also more likely to take A-levels, and to study “facilitating” subjects – those the Russell Group universities say are more helpful for getting onto a degree course. This was still true even if students did not achieve...

United Learning removes advert for ‘unpaid internship’ in school after MP complains

United Learning, England’s fourth largest multi-academy trust, has removed a job advert for an intern to work in one of its schools unpaid for up to a year after an MP publicly complained. The advert, for Walthamstow primary academy in east London, had sought a person to work at least three days a week for at least three months, though the role could be extended up to a year. The successful intern would read to pupils, take on administrative tasks, join teacher training sessions and help staff. Payment was not offered, but the school offered to cover local travel expenses and throw in a school lunch. It said the role was an “unique opportunity” to get experience in the education sector. Stella Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow (pictured), tweeted her disgruntlement at United Learning today, asking why people working with pupils were not considered “good enough” to be paid. Speaking to Schools Week, Creasy said paying interns who work for longer than one month was a “simple principle”. Only people prepared to go into debt or who were “sponsored” by their families could afford to work for a year without any wages, she said. It was also a “false economy”...

Small school sixth form judicial review costs taxpayer £76,000

A legal challenge brought against the Department for Education over the opening of a small-school sixth form has cost tax payers over £75,000. The case, which was settled out of court at the very last minute, ended with the DfE paying out £60,000 to cover the Association of Colleges’ costs – on top of the £16,500 for its own legal fees. The AoC joined with Havering Sixth Form College to launch the High Court challenge against the DfE in September last year, after a regional schools commissioner granted funding for a new sixth form at Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College in Hornchurch, Essex. Government rules state that new sixth forms should only be created in schools expecting to enrol at least 200 students. The AoC claimed that Tim Coulson, the RSC who signed off on the new sixth form, failed to follow the rules when approving a request from the Loxford School Trust, which took over Abbs Cross in February 2016. Schools wishing to open a sixth form should be graded ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, offer a full programme of at least 15 A-levels, and not impose a financial burden on the rest of the school. On November 1,...