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What is a coasting school?

By Matt Walker

Writing recently in the Sunday Telegraph, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has said that she will introduce new powers to intervene in coasting schools. These schools, she said ‘will be put on immediate notice and be required to work with our team of expert headteachers. Those that aren’t able to demonstrate a clear plan for improvement will be given new leadership’. The proposals will be in a new bill due to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech today.
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‘There will always be NEET young people in the land’ – will it ever be different?

By guest blogger Dr. Thomas Spielhofer, Senior Researcher at The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

NFER hosted a seminar on NEETs at risk for the Tavistock Institute on 6th May 2015.

Over the last 20 years, there have been numerous reports, strategies and initiatives aimed at addressing the so called, ‘NEET problem’, but yet there is no sign that this problem is going away. This is not a bad thing for researchers like me who specialise in this area and can benefit from research funding to evaluate the latest initiative or project aimed at making sure that fewer young people are NEET (not in education, employment or training). However, from a human perspective, this is of course a great tragedy – as it shows that despite so much effort and cost expended on this, we’re still no closer to a solution.   Continue reading


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Your school staffing mission, should you choose to accept it…

By Geoff Gee

You are a governor at Felpersham Comprehensive. Your long serving head of physics is retiring next year. What are you going to do about replacing her? Will anything being discussed in the run-up to the election make any difference to what you decide to do? Continue reading