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Change of direction needed on schools

The SEA has joined Comprehensive Future, CASE and ISCG in writing to the Guardian and calling for a change of direction in schools policy. We reject the unconvincing posturing by David Laws and call for a completely new settlement in the provision of state education in England. You can link to the full text of the letter to the Guardian here:

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:32

England's schools succeed in problem-solving test

The BBC has reported that 'England's teenagers are "significantly above average" in problem-solving skills, according to the results of international tests.' The OECD puts England as second highest in Europe, behind Finland, in tests of how pupils can apply their knowledge.These problem-solving tests were taken at the same time as the Pisa tests, which compare how well pupils perform in maths, reading and science. Rather than testing theoretical knowledge, the problem-solving tests examined how well teenagers could use their knowledge in practical questions.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 08:47

Kenny Frederick joins Peter Mortimore to discuss 'Priorities for Education' 2015

You are invited to join the SEA, CASE, Comprehensive Future and others at a meeting on Tuesday 8th April 2014 to discuss 'Priorities for Education 2015'. Joining us at 6.15pm in Committee Room 14, House of Commons will be speakers Peter Mortimore, whose latest book analyses 'Education under Siege' and distinguished former Principal of George Green's School, East London, Kenney Frederick. Help us determine what you think should be the priorities for education in the 2015 election. Full details of how to reserve your place can be found in the flyer attached below.

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:07

Join us at the House of Commons on April 8th to discuss a New Direction for Education

A year from now, the General Election campaign will be in full swing. Education desperately needs a fresh start after the current divisive policies.The broad coalition of education campaigning groups, (SEA, CASE, Comprehensive Future and others), represented by the "Picking up the Pieces" initiative is focusing on how best to influence that election campaign.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:22

Tell Labour What we Need to Do for Education

The Labour Party has recently published a consultation document on education, (and several other subjects), and would like to know what members and supporters of the Party would like to see in the manifesto for education at the election in 2015. The SEA National Executive will be finalising its own amendments at its next meeting on May 3rd 2014. We would like to know what you think, so please email us at: with your comments and/or proposed amendments. The document is available below.

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:10

Is it possible to 'teach' character, creativity and resilience?

Tristram Hunt, shadow Education Secretary, believes that we shouldn't just be teaching subjects in our schools but we should also accept 'growing evidence that character can be taught'. In a recent speech in London at the AQA Creative Education conference, Tristram Hunt argued that character and resilience are vital components of a rounded education and good preparation for a career, and that instilling them in young people 'should not be left to chance'.

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:21

Wilshaw 'displeased, shocked and outraged' by attacks from Mr Gove's department

Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted Chief Inspector, has said in an interview in the Sunday Times that he was 'spitting blood' at attacks on him and his organisation. Sir Michael Wilshaw spoke after the Times said two right-leaning think tanks were to criticise Ofsted - and one would call for it to be scrapped.Sir Michael told the Sunday Times he suspected the think tanks were being "informed by the Department for Education" - "possibly" Mr Gove's special advisers - and that he was "displeased, shocked and outraged". "I am spitting blood over this and I want it to stop," he said.

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:41

National Audit Office 'qualifies' Department for Education accounts

Over major concerns about the financial complexity of managing the accounts of 2,800 Academies and incorporating them into the Department for Education's budget, the NAO has qualified the accounts for this year. The National Audit Office says there are risks because the department is accountable for spending over which it has no direct control.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 09:40

Wilshaw moans about teachers leaving the profession

Michael Wilshaw has been complaining that 40% of new young teachers are leaving the profession within 5 years of starting their professional life. He blames both training providers and teachers themselves. NUT General Secretary, Christine Blower, suggested that the reasons might lie elsewhere: 'One of the biggest offenders for not celebrating teachers and the profession is Ofsted‎. Teaching unions merely represent teachers' views and concerns - we do not invent them.

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 09:31

Gove determines definitive view of history

Michael Gove has written of the First World War in the Daily Mail that ' The conflict has, for many, been seen through the fictional prism of dramas such as Oh! What a Lovely War, The Monocled Mutineer and Blackadder, as a misbegotten shambles – a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite.

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 08:47