I wrote a short piece on Medium about why I think freely available company records are a good thing for public interest reporting – you can read it here.
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.
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.
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.