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Peter's Blog

You will find the main news and comment articles on the front page of the website here. This page contains secondary or local news items and thoughts.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 10:49

OFSTED: Kent Primary Standards

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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: .........

Last modified on Sunday, 13 May 2012 22:39
Friday, 13 April 2012 22:17

Marlowe Academy - first Monitoring Inspection

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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 ......

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

Academies: the stuff of nightmares

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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.........

Last modified on Monday, 10 September 2012 16:52
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 09:42

Good Year for the Website

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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........

Last modified on Friday, 06 April 2012 17:54
Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:17

Medway Council - 'Serving You@

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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,.......

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, ...........

Last modified on Sunday, 12 February 2012 23:17
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