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Elizabeth Holmes

NEU horizons for ATL and NUT

The amalgamation of two national education unions is a rallying cry for those looking to get their voices heard. It couldn't have come at a better time, argues Elizabeth Holmes. In March, members of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT), two of the...
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John Viner

A new school year, a reshaped DfE?

The aftermath of the general election saw several top jobs in education change hands, but what hope does a revamped department give for the future? When Theresa May called the general election for June, Optimus asked me what my three wishes would be for future education policy. They were: to...
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Liz Worthen

‘Because you care, you can pull it off’: Lord Blunkett at the MATs Summit 2016

Grammar schools, career pathways, dealing with controversy and creating change: David Blunkett reflects on the current landscape for leaders in education. One of the highlights of the Optimus Education MATs Summit was hearing Lord Blunkett in conversation with Laura McInerney , editor of Schools...
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Gareth D Morewood

Two perspectives on modern education: creating positive relationships and greater equality

Attending the 25th anniversary celebration of the publication of Disability equality in the classroom: a human rights issue was an inspirational experience. Continuing from my post They said we couldn’t do it , I wanted to highlight here the powerful messages of two other keynote addresses from...
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Lizzie Gait

Election 2015: education policies compared

It’s hard enough keeping track of the government’s shifting priorities around education, but with election fever in the air, it’s nearly impossible to know what to expect. Lizzie Gait, training development lead, shares a brief summary of each party's education policy. As a team, we at Optimus are...
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Alex Masters

Nicky Morgan on the curriculum, PPA and more...

From curriculum reform and PPA time to collaboration and RE, education secretary Nicky Morgan addressed key concerns during an interview with the TES. Here, we offer a breakdown of the key themes and links to our own relevant information and advice. On curriculum reforms: We need people to have...
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Alex Masters

What would happen if Labour won next year?

From Ofsted and curriculum changes to pay rises and extremism, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt recently gave a detailed and intriguing interview with the TES. Here, we offer a breakdown of the key themes and links to our own relevant information and advice. On Ofsted: We are not going to...
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