Newsstand

On the day when primary school league tables were published for the first time, I set off in search of educational 'zines - not that it was reasonable to expect any low-budget site to get the results themselves up online, in competition with the newspapers.

I thought I had found something up my street in Educate Online, which proclaimed itself to be "working towards greater recognition of parents' involvement in their children's education". But then I noticed that the site sometimes refers to itself as Ed-u-cate On-line. Alarm bells sounded. The appalling design of the site I could forgive; but "Ed-u-cate"?

I expected to find the site full of stuff about the issues that concern parents (well, this parent) of school-age kids. Do league tables have a meaning? Do or don't we need more chalk-and-talk? Is the Government denying schools the resources they need? Is the pre-school voucher scheme worth the paper it's printed on? But if it's there, I couldn't find it.

In contrast, there is a strong section on home education. And, sure enough, it turns out that two of the three movers behind the site are home educators. This may go some way to explaining why I - as someone suspicious of home education - found the site so disappointing.

The news section is meant to carry "updates on what is happening in the world of education". What that means, it seems, is news about what is going on in a few individual localities.

Internet for Learning does not style itself as a magazine, and it is aimed at teachers rather than parents - there is even a job-search function - but even so it is much more useful to an interested parent. It is hosted by RML, educational computer specialists, and the professionalism shows. There is a good summary of news culled from national papers and specialist journals, and abundant links to a deep pool of resources.

Of course, you cannot talk about education - still less about jobs in education - without mentioning The Times Educational Supplement, and it has a site that is almost as impressively fat as the paper edition. The library section is particularly worth browsing.

Incidentally, if you want direct access to performance results for an individual school, instead of having to scan the published rankings, you can get them at http://www.open.gov.uk/ dfee/perform.htm.

Chris Gill

Educate Online

http://www.ibmpcug.co.uk/editor/

Internet for Learning

http://www.rmplc.co.uk

TES

http://www.tes.co.uk

(registration required)

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Recruitment Genius: Media & Advertising Sales Executive

£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This national business publishi...

Recruitment Genius: Media Telesales Executive - OTE £25,000

£14500 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Guru Careers: Bathroom Showroom Manager / Bathroom Sales Designer

£22 - £25k basic + Commission=OTE £35k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Bathroom Sh...

Guru Careers: Account Executive / Account Manager

£18 - 20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: An Account Executive / Account Manager is ...

Day In a Page

The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea