I am really pleased and excited to announce that Schools Improvement will not only soon be back up and running, but is set to become something better and more useful than has been the case so far.
When I announced recently that I would have to put things on hold, I was contacted by several organisations who said they may be able to help. The good news is that after a number of discussions I have now reached an agreement with the established and highly respected independent publishing company John Catt Educational and their sister CPD company INK Education to take over the running of the site.
I had interesting discussions with a number of parties – and would like to thank the others for their interest and suggestions – but I am moving forward with John Catt/INK because their core skill is creating great content and their vision for the site is to both re-establish the daily news summaries but then, over time, to introduce far more original and useful content from their wide network of contacts amongst leading educationalists and thinkers.
John Catt Educational has also been an informal supporter of the site for some time and have helped facilitate some of our best read posts (including, for example, Marc Rowland’s guest post: Successful Schools and the Pupil Premium – Key Lessons and 21 Top Tips for Raising Outcomes). So, with the promise of more content like this, not only will the site carry on, but it should now develop into something that really delivers against the title of Schools Improvement. I will continue to be involved and will become a director of INK Education – the company actually taking over the running of the site – but the team at John Catt and INK will carry the daily challenge of keeping the site updated.
I never dreamt a solution like this would be possible when I took the decision to stop the updates earlier this month. It feels like the perfect outcome and I’m really excited about it. I hope as a reader you feel the same way too but I would just ask that you are patient in the short term as the new team get up and running. Please note also that some things will be a bit different – it’s not practical, for example, to ask others to get up at 4am everyday to prepare the stories 😉 – but the core idea of daily updates and emails will continue albeit perhaps with some different timings.
We’ll be working from next week on bringing the team up to speed and hope to resume the service as soon as possible after that.
Here’s a statement from John Catt Educational and INK Education on their involvement with Schools Improvement:
John Catt Educational are thrilled to partner with Tony on the excellent Schools Improvement. Tony has worked incredibly hard over the last four years and we are excited to be joining him in continuing this and developing the service further.
Schools Improvement is already hugely valued and respected by thousands of people who have an interest in education in the UK. We hope that we can build on Tony’s work by adding content from the authors of our superb range of professional development books and from the writers in our long-established educator magazines.
In time, we see Schools Improvement as being a leading forum for teachers to read and discuss the latest education news; share resources; and discover and utilise super-charged CPD opportunities.
Along with John Catt Educational and Andrew Hammond, Tony becomes a shareholder and director of INK Education, which is the brand that will incorporate the Schools Improvement service.
Andrew Hammond, fellow director of INK Education, primary academy Headmaster, author and speaker, adds: “I am delighted to be working closely with Schools Improvement, which has become an indispensable resource for me, and many others who like to keep abreast of the latest issues and initiatives in education.
“As a headteacher working within a fast-growing and forward-thinking multi-academy trust, I recognise the supreme value of connecting together with others and sharing best practice. As an educational author and teacher-trainer, I know how energising and motivating CPD can and should be for teachers.
“With the help of Schools Improvement, we can be sure that our INK events and training resources will be matched to the ever-changing needs of school leaders and teachers, as we all strive to raise aspiration and build better progress in our schools.”
Thanks for your continued interest and support and here’s to an even more useful Schools Improvement moving forwards.
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