Tagged: public policy

Free school Ofsted ratings

Opening up Ofsted data on free schools – part three

A completely overhauled front-end (HTML, CSS, JavaScript/D3)

I’ve written previously about the scraper I’ve produced, which grabs Ofsted inspection ratings for open and closed free schools. (See here for a blogpost on the Python back-end, and here for a blogpost on the original front-end.)

Briefly, my reason for doing this was that there’s no easy way to get up-to-date Ofsted ratings for a particular group of schools, such as free schools. And in the absence of a track record of exam results by which to judge the new schools, Ofsted ratings offer one of the few ways we have of assessing how they’re performing.

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EverythingFreeSchools

Time to introduce something I’ve been working on, and that has been occupying considerable amounts of my time for the last few months.

EverythingFreeSchools.co.uk is a news site that I co-founded with a number of others in October last year.

EverythingFreeSchools.co.uk
EverythingFreeSchools

As a site, we cover the Government’s flagship education policy of free schools, and have set out to do so in a way that is balanced and incisive. As well as straight news stories, we’ll also be bringing more analytical pieces, and data-driven stories, trying to understand what impact the policy is having.

The site builds upon my interest in education, and public policy more generally, and it’s been pleasing to see the response it has received so far.

Among other stories, we have broken the news that two former police stations in London are set to become free schools, and dug into number of unqualified teachers which free schools are using.

The site can be found here, and we’re on Twitter as @EFSfreeschools. Do take a look.