Opinion

Education system needs better alternatives

By Anna Feuchtwang |

27 March 2018

The education select committee's inquiry into alternative provision in education is part of its stated commitment to social justice. This is a social justice issue.

For NCS to prosper it must be compared

By Howard Williamson |

27 March 2018

The recurrent assertions by the government that the National Citizen Service (NCS) has not replaced "traditional" youth services have been, quite rightly, viewed as disingenuous.

Promoting stability has to be care system focus

By Derren Hayes |

27 February 2018

The headline findings from the Our Lives Our Care survey published in late February are encouraging for everyone working in children's social care.

Consign domestic abuse to the hall of shame

By Paul Ennals |

27 February 2018

Every now and again something in the world changes. After generations of people accepting one type of behaviour, something happens that moves the goal posts.

Self-evaluation - a story to fear or celebrate?

By Jacky Tiotto |

27 February 2018

Ofsted's new children's services inspection arrangements place far greater emphasis than the previous regime on leaders' self assessing what we do and why.

Improve opportunities to promote happiness

By Derren Hayes |

30 January 2018

Will new ministers have any new ideas?

By Kathy Evans |

30 January 2018

It is still too early to offer any well-informed predictions of what to expect from new Education Secretary Damian Hinds and his ministers at the Department for Education.

Education can help us take on 'fake news'

By John Freeman |

30 January 2018

One unexpected aspect of social media has been the lack of friction with which information flows, both within small groups, and into the public consciousness.

Impact of the SIF will be felt for many years

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2018

Two years ago, Ofsted national director for social care Eleanor Schooling said she expected children's services judgments under the single inspection framework (SIF) to begin improving.

Mental health reforms can't wait until 2023

By Anna Feuchtwang |

02 January 2018

After all the talking and all the waiting it was great to finally see the green paper on children's mental health published in December. But it was like unwrapping a Christmas gift from someone who doesn't know you very well: you're excited to get anything, grateful they thought of you, then disappointed that you didn't get exactly what you wanted.