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Government scraps places limit for teacher training courses
The government has abandoned recruitment controls for initial teacher training courses, allowing providers to recruit to an unlimited extent in almost all subjects for the first time. In...
Academy chains received £7 million to take over 'schools no one wants'
Academy trusts have been given over £7 million this year for taking over schools abandoned or handed over by their previous sponsors — compared to £4.2 million last...
P-levels will be scrapped as government accepts Rochford Review
The government has accepted most of the recommendations in the Rochford Review, including scrapping ‘P’ levels for pupils working below national curriculum level. The DfE has published its “ongoing”...
Greening: New "teacher-mediated" baseline tests for 4-year-olds
Reception pupils will once again face a “baseline assessment” when entering school, Justine Greening has announced, two years after the government climbed-down over its failed policy to bring...
Key stage 1 SATs scrapped from 2023
Key stage 1 SATs will be scrapped from 2023, Justine Greening has confirmed. In her response to the government’s consultation on primary testing, the education secretary said she...
Greening confirms times-tables check for YEAR 4 pupils
Pupils will sit their times-tables check in year 4, rather than in year 6 as originally planned, the education secretary has announced. The policy was first announced as...
Primary schools to get minimum funding of £3,500 per-pupil
The government’s long-awaited national funding formula will include a minimum per-pupil funding amount for both primary and secondary schools, Justine Greening has announced today. The education secretary says...
Headteachers 'too nervous' to stand for board elections
Confusion reigns in the current headteacher board elections, amid accusations that ballots aren’t being received and heads are “too nervous” to stand. What’s more, it is unclear whether...
Government lifts the lid on new school improvement boards
The government has published guidance on how the 32 new school improvement boards set up to help turn around struggling schools will operate. The new sub-regional improvement boards...
MPs to grill Greening on school funding and GCSE changes
The education secretary Justine Greening will be brought before MPs next month to answer questions about school funding, changes to GCSEs and educational outcomes for poorer children, the...
Strategic school improvement fund opens its second round
Applications are now open for the second round of handouts from the government’s £140 million strategic school improvement fund. Schools have until October 20 to enter submissions, explaining...