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The number of children taken out of school without permission for a family holiday rose by a fifth after the High Court backed a father’s rights last year....
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School governors at more than 20 schools in West Sussex have announced they will go on “strike” this Friday in protest over funding cuts. The BBC has reported...
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The Labour party has dropped official plans to let councils “open schools”, instead stating it will “oppose any attempt to force schools to become academies” if the party...
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Drop-out rates for new teachers in key EBacc subjects is “particularly high”, a new analysis has claimed. A National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) study, published today, finds that...
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Financial cracks are emerging in the government’s flagship 16-19 free schools as heads face stalling recruitment and “chronic” underfunding. Analysis by Schools Week reveals that half of the...
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Schools minister Nick Gibb is under fire for “failing to act” nearly two years after promising to stop the “postcode lottery” of unfair admissions for summer-born children. Gibb...
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The country’s best-paid primary headteacher has been suspended from his post as executive headteacher of the Gipsy Hill Federation of schools in Lambeth. Sir Craig Tunstall, awarded a...
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School leaders have called on the government to introduce a £200 funding uplift for sixth form students – or face colleges scaling back on vital provision such as...
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Teachers at high-performing schools mark the work of their lowest-performing pupils more harshly in their SATs assessments, suggests a new study of primary marking. Meanwhile, the writing of...
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Ministers are refusing to release finance investigations into two high-profile academy trusts – one a government “top-performing” chain and the other now defunct. The Department for Education has...
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Children are travelling up to 40 miles to school as the government’s benefits squeeze pushes families outside the capital. Keven Bartle, headteacher of Canons High School in Harrow,...