Regulation is an increasing challenge for schools in all sectors, including the independent sector. Where 20 years ago regulations were minor requirements for schools, now they have hundreds of regulations with which they must comply, or face the risk of sanctions – or even closure. This is where a regime of self-reflection and assessment can really come into its own. A school which competently self-assesses need not fear the threat of regulatory inspection, because they are pre-empting and mirroring the inspection process internally and are therefore always ahead of the game. The fallout from regulation breaches is considerable – as well as the financially measurable penalties, there is the far less measurable impact of increased staff workload, reputational harm and possible damage to staff/pupil morale to consider.4 comments
Earlier this week the country’s top chefs gathered in London for a glittering occasion. The launch of the new Michelin Guide took place at the Institute of Engineering on the Embankment. The Plumbers Institute might have been a more appropriate choice of venue given the number of leaks usually surrounding the annual unveiling of the Michelin stars.
Former education minister Michael Russell was all smiles when he took the photo call with the First Minister last month on his appointment as the Scottish Government’s new Brexit minister.6 comments
Jeremy Corbyn’s resounding victory in the Labour Party leadership contest demonstrates a clear split between the parliamentary party and the membership. Corbyn won 62 per cent of the party vote to achieve re-election, but the process that brought about the challenge had seen a remarkable 172 of Labour’s 230 MPs back a motion of no confidence in their leader.4 comments
A Conservative minister talking openly about cutting pensioner benefits in the same week that Labour’s leadership contest ended may have been a coincidence.6 comments
A refusal to recognise currency is down to a simple lack of education writes Jane Bradley6 comments