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Headteachers across England have been advised to anticipate an end to the current “secure fit” model for teacher assessments of writing from 2017-18, Schools Week has learned. The...
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A technical change to the government’s target for the proportion of pupils studying the EBacc subjects means that ministers are actually delaying their own ambitions for the measure...
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The government’s ambition to have 90 per cent of pupils studying the full slate of EBacc subjects by 2020 has officially been abandoned. Justine Greening, the education secretary,...
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The Education Funding Agency has published its annual report and accounts. Here are some of the more interesting findings… 1. Overdue debts double in a year The value...
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The government has finally published its response to the consultation on the EBacc performance measure. Here are its main points… 1. EBacc targets revised to 75 per cent...
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The new chair of the education select committee has pledged to prioritise evidence from pupils and teachers instead of relying solely on “experts in quotation marks” and “people...
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Justine Greening has announced £1.3 billion of additional funding for schools over the next two years – promising to maintain per-pupil funding in real terms until 2019-20. Addressing...
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The government stands accused of offering schools a “sticking plaster” by “robbing Peter to pay Paul” after it announced an extra £1.3 billion in revenue funding for schools,...
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The former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has been elected to serve on the education select committee alongside two former teachers. Powell tweeted on Saturday that she was...
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Organisers of the new computer-based PISA tests the UK is to pilot for five-year-olds have hotly denied claims they will heap pressure on pupils and burden schools. Around...
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The government plans to spend up to £10 million recruiting and training hundreds of foreign physics, maths and languages teachers to meet increasing demand for new school staff...