OFSTED rails against gimmicks rather than getting basics right

The chief inspector of schools at OFSTED has warned against resting hopes on the latest educational gimmicks and urged us instead to focus on getting the basics right.

Amanda Spielman advised specifically against the likes of Brain Gym, a controversial programme of exercises favoured by some schools that claims to improve children’s cognitive ability.

Asked later to elaborate on other gimmicks, shecame up with a list including interactive whiteboards, adherence to so-called learning styles and a growing enthusiasm in some schools for fidget spinners to aid concentration.