OPSN Report – Lack of options: how a pupil's academic choices are affected by where they live

A report published by the Open Public Services Network (OPSN) shows that subjects being provided at a given school can vary greatly across the country and that young people in poor neighbourhoods are either denied access or strongly encouraged not to take up certain subjects.

The report raises concerns that pressure on schools to perform well in league tables has influenced the spread of courses on offer. This pressure, other than pupil wants and needs, is determining courses available. Along with data findings for triple science and languages, the report notes: 'you [students] are most likely to be entered for an art and design GCSE in Portsmouth and least likely in Kingston upon Hull, where is four times less likely.'

Roger Taylor, Chair of OPSN and RSA Fellow, said: “These data show that children’s educational opportunities are defined by where they live. Our worry is that these differences reflect decisions made by schools based on calculations as to how schools can appear better on league tables. The evidence suggests that in areas where most children are expected to do less well in exams, the educational opportunities for all children are being restricted.”

Read more and download the full report here.

Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth, The 2015 Report by the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value

The Warwick Commission's report, Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth calls on the Government and Ofsted to ensure all children up to 16 receive a broad cultural education and urge tha no school should be designated "outstanding" without evidence of an excellent cultural and creative education.
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Full time Art and Design teacher vacancy at CAISTER HIGH SCHOOL

Required for September 2015, an enthusiastic and highly skilled Art and Design teacher to join the Caister High School design team to inspire and motivate KS3 and GCSE Art & Design pupils.
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Art & Design Technician vacancy

Luton Sixth Form College, the first sixth form college in the country, was opened in 1966. As a specialist provider of 16-19 education, with an enviable reputation for excellence and quality, there is a growing demand for places. Our aim is to be outstanding in everything we do. We need individuals with the passion and commitment to share our motivation and help drive us forward.
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Eridge Trust, grants for schools trips and projects in museums and galleries

Applications can now be made to the Eridge Trust for grants for school trips, or for projects in museums or galleries, which are due to take place in the next school year, beginning in September 2015. They must be received by 30 May 2015. Applicants will be told in early July whether or not their application has been successful.
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