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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 09:17

Kent Connexions Service

Written by Peter Read

It's good to hear Paul Luxmore, Executive Head at Dane Court Grammar School, expressing his concerns about the removal of the Connexions Service which provides careers advice to all students at Kent secondary schools. As a previous Chairman of the Kent Careers Service (for six years during another critical time in its past) and former careers teacher myself, I have seen at first hand......


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Last modified on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:08
Thursday, 14 June 2012 23:06

Another busy season

Written by Peter Read

It is amazing how much education news has surfaced in the past three months. Sadly, my coverage has been far less than I would have wished, for three reasons: (1) we have now taken proud delivery of our sixth grandchild - Charley Read; (2) My business priority has to be to support my clients, .....


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Last modified on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:11
Saturday, 05 May 2012 22:22

Headteachers condemn new OFSTED regime

Written by Peter Read

Whilst I have no claim to be an expert on OFSTED, I read OFSTED Reports regularly, and see the effect they have on schools. This may be the reason why once again you may have heard me on Radio Kent expressing my views ion Monday. Alternatively, it being a Bank Holiday, is it that Radio Kent could not get anyone from the education service to comment? As a previous President of Kent Branch National Association of Head Teachers, I have enormous sympathy with the pressures on schools, but we must put the children first. However, the new confrontational version of OFSTED.........


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Last modified on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:01

Judd School Appeals have taken place this week, with Skinners at the end of the month.  This is for entry in September 2012.

But................


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Last modified on Monday, 11 June 2012 13:14
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:49

OFSTED: Kent Primary Standards

Written by Peter Read

At last we are seeing a slight improvement in Kent's primary school OFSTED record, as St Nicholas Primary School, New Romney is the latest to respond to its "Notice to Improve" by, to quote the headteacher: ""The whole school community has worked hard as a team to bring about the improvements noted by OFSTED"".  Other schools that have recently seen the same improvement are: .........
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Last modified on Sunday, 13 May 2012 22:39
Friday, 13 April 2012 22:17

Marlowe Academy - first Monitoring Inspection

Written by Peter Read

The history of the Marlowe Academy Inspections is set out here but, in summary, the school failed its OFSTED in October 2010, being served with Notice to Improve. However, it failed to Improve, and sank to the lowest category, being placed in Special Measures in November 2011. By this time it had lost its headteacher and effectively handed over control to Academies Enterprise Group,  which put in an 'Intervention Team' to try and stall the calamity, but without success in the short time available to it. The school was featured in the Sunday Times and the Guardian at the end of last year, as described here.

The academy attempted to get the verdict overturned, without success, but managed to delay publication until 27th March, a wait of four months as distinct from the usual month that schools have to wait. One side effect of this was ......


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Last modified on Saturday, 14 April 2012 19:22
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 07:38

Academies: the stuff of nightmares

Written by Peter Read

I have recently come across a website dedicated to tracking academies, run by the Anti Academies Alliance, and parts of it make grim reading. One has to take into account that its aim is clearly in the title, but even so, some of the information it presents on academies, and particularly on sponsors of academies is very frightening for the future of education. Probably the biggest sponsor of academies is Lord Harris, with the introduction of the article on his chain beginning: "The academy schools movement is increasingly dominated by chains. These self-styled ‘charities’ are in reality ‘edu-businesses’ paying fat cat salaries to their CEOs, developing corporate branding and seeking aggressive expansion in the education ‘market’. This briefing looks at the Harris Federation.........


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Last modified on Monday, 10 September 2012 16:52
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 21:27

Westlands & Hayesbrook

Written by Peter Read

Westlands School in Sittingbourne, and Hayesbrook School in Tonbridge are the first two Kent schools to take advantage of their academy status by offering additional places in the past few weeks, outside the rules on waiting lists and appeals. We can expect more to follow, taking advantage of there being no sanctions against these actions........
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Last modified on Friday, 06 April 2012 12:34
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 09:42

Good Year for the Website

Written by Peter Read

I have just been sent this year's website data from my excellent Website Manager, High Profile of Gravesend. The key figures are contained in the following message:

Hi Peter

Please find below the verified visitor statistics for www.kentadvice.co.uk for the last 12 months:

 Total visitors: 70,830

The 2 peak periods were as below:

The week 16-22 October returned 5,796 visitors when the 11 plus results were published The week 1st March - 8th March returned 5,917 visitors when the secondary transfer decisions were published

 Source: Google Analytics monitored by High Profile www.highpro.co.uk

High Profile Limited, 56 Bath Street, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0DF, Telephone: 01474 533077, Website: www.highpro.co.uk

For more statistices of website useage........


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Last modified on Friday, 06 April 2012 17:54

Medway Council has issued the following statement:

Rose Collinson, Director of Children and Adults Services is leaving the employment of the Council on 31 July 2012. This follows a successful career at Medway where Rose has led and overseen a number of important achievements.  The more notable include: 

- establishing an integrated children's service and an effective children's trust

 - secured significant investment and managed the setting up of three academies, replacing some underperforming schools

 - implementing transformational change in children's and adults services to make a difference to the learning and life chances of residents across Medway.

 Throughout her time at Medway, Rose has been a dedicated and professional senior officer, demonstrating great passion to improve the lives of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  She has been a strong advocate and champion for children, families and adults across Medway. The council would like to express thanks to Rose and wish her well for the future.

Rose has certainly had an eventful few years recently,.......


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Last modified on Friday, 30 March 2012 10:59
Saturday, 17 March 2012 12:54

11 Plus Exams

Written by Peter Read

I am repeatedly asked why any mention of me is banned from the commercial 11 plus exams website, except by indirect reference to "he who must not be named". The ban includes asterisking out any reference to me or this website, or simply censoring entries by deleting them. Sadly, as any such reference is almost certainly providing information or advice gleaned from www.kentadvice.co.uk , the website, ostensibly set up to provide information, is depriving its browsers of this.

The reason is quite simple......


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Last modified on Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:59

Potential Crisis in Headteacher Numbers

Written by Peter Read
 I was on Radio Kent this morning, talking about a recently published a Report by KCC on a potential crisis in numbers of headteachers coming through the system and in post. It also looks at teacher recruitment and retention. Currently 49 Kent Schools do not have a headteacher, 20 of which have an Acting Headteacher. Many of the others,.....

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Last modified on Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:22
Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:17

Medway Council - 'Serving You@

Written by Peter Read

The disgraceful saga of Medway Council's attempts to hush up the scandal of the Medway Tests debacle continues. The tale up to now is told below and in various articles on the News Pages of this website. It is my belief that Medway Council is trying to hush up a number of unpalatable facts about its appalling management of the scandal. As a result,.......


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Last modified on Monday, 13 February 2012 00:09

I would be grateful for any advice on what to do about Medway Council on the following issue, from the 200 readers a day currently visiting this site. 

However, by a remarkable coincidence, within 19 hours of my publishing this article, Medway Council responded 43 working days after my   Freedom of Information request, just a month after the legal deadline of 20 days to reply, rejecting my request. See bottom of page for more.

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I remain very concerned about the Medway Test shambles, which the Council appears to be trying to bury, hoping that everyone will forget about it, although its ludicrous claim that no children were disadvantaged by the problems stands as a  PR disaster, in that it angered so many parents, who would otherwise have just written the matter off to incompetence. I hear that the Local Government Ombudsman is preparing a draft report which, if it is subsequently published, should shed further light on the mystery of why Council officers and members made so many public statements that proved wrong.

My problem is that, in trying to understand further what went wrong, ...........


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Last modified on Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:17
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:33

Skinner's School Appeals 2011

Written by Peter Read

I am getting reports about disorganisation at Skinners School over their appeal arrangements. The paperwork sent out to parents unbelievably is that used for 2010 entry, complete with 2010 data, identical in every respect except one important one. one.  As a result....
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