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Leadership & Management
Items related to leadership and management in education.

Chance for Local Authorities to open special or alternative provision free schools.

. Every child in this country, whatever their background, should have the
opportunity to get a world-class education, so that they have a chance to reach
their potential and live a fulfilled life. This includes children with special
educational needs and disabilities and children in alternative provision, who are
often already vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our ambition for these children is
exactly the same as it is for all children – we want them to be able to do their
best in school and reach their potential, and afterwards to find employment and
lead happy and fulfilled lives.

Read how to do it.

Ofsted Chief Operating Officer Speech.

Matthew Coffey's speech to the Unlocked Graduates event, University of Suffolk

The Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Inspector discussed tackling the neglect of older children and the important role of learning, skills and work in preventing criminality.

Read the whole speech.



Scottish teachers under investigation for exam coaching.

Dr Janet Brown, chief executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), said evidence had emerged of a growing number of cases of teacher malpractice during the 2017/18 exam diet.

The SQA said it was too early to provide figures, but confirmed there was an increase on last year when there were 108 allegations of malpractice, 51 of which were proven. In 2016 there were just 18 proven cases.

Read more.

Roman Catholic Schools and historical Child Abuse.

Two leading Roman Catholic schools "prioritised monks and their own reputations over the protection of children", a report says.

"Appalling" abuse was inflicted on pupils at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset over 40 years, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said.

But, the report said, both institutions attempted to cover up the allegations.

Ten individuals, including monks, have been convicted or cautioned for abuse.

Read more.

The report, based on evidence heard by the IICSA's investigation of the Roman Catholic Church and the English Benedictine Congregation, said, however, the true extent of the abuse is "likely to be considerably higher" than the number of convictions.

It states many of the perpetrators did not hide their sexual interests from the children and pupils were often abused in front of each other.

Questions about appointment of Scottish University Principal.

A union has called on the Scottish Funding Council to investigate the appointment of Robert Gordon University's (RGU) new principal.

Prof John Harper was chosen to lead the Aberdeen university after the departure of Prof Ferdinand von Prondzynski.

The University and College Union (UCU) has alleged the decision smacks of "cronyism" and "jobs for the boys", by breaching good governance codes.

RGU said the appointment was on a two year fixed-term contract.

It said this was made in line with its recruitment policy and it claimed the union had "misrepresented" the action taken by the university's board of governors.

In a letter to the funding council, UCU official Mary Senior said: "We are not aware that there has been any open appointment process for this post, denying other potential candidates the opportunity to come forward.

Read more.


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