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Ofsted plan for shorter and more frequent ‘risk-based’ inspections
Ofsted’s chief inspector has set out plans for “frequent but shorter” inspections for good schools and colleges from next September. Speaking yesterday, Sir Michael Wilshaw (pictured) launched an...
FEATURED: the new regional  schools commissioners
Small multi-academy trusts (MATs) will be encouraged to work together to help tackle underperformance in the east of England, Dr Tim Coulson, the region’s new schools commissioner, has...
Review panel set to consider status of teaching assistant role
New standards on the status of teaching assistants are to be drawn up by a review panel, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced. The “status and professionalism”...
State-private partnership lacks evidence
The government has announced it will fund a scheme aimed at joining up private schools with state primaries in order to boost performance – yet it does not...
Exclusive: Free school ‘forced me out’ for not being top university ready
An MP is to start a ‘vigorous’ inquiry into a selective sixth form’s admissions policy after a number of students were ‘kicked out’ for failing to get high...
Sats results quashed at primary schools
Investigations have been carried out at two primary schools after concerns were raised about key stage 2 tests, with pupils’ results annulled at one of the schools. Cartmel...
Ofsted website inspections on the rise
Ofsted has increased its monitoring of school websites, Schools Week can reveal. In the past three years, 109 inspection reports have included the words “website” or “web site”...
Unions angry at ‘behind the scenes’ negotiations by NASUWT
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said it was “disappointed” and seeking “urgent clarification” today after the NASUWT union alone reached an agreement with the government of Jersey....
Morgan shifts gear but is ‘not easily held back’
In a speech light on policy but with a change in rhetoric Nicky Morgan has pledged to reduce teacher workloads and help to build “character, resilience and grit”...
Morgan ‘not looking at’ assisted places or new grammar schools
The education secretary Nicky Morgan has said she is ‘not looking at’ the return of assisted places or new grammar schools, after rumours emerged Number 10 were considering...
Free meal census creates funding ‘fears’
Concern has been raised over the calculation of funding for universal infant free school meals (UIFSM), based on the school census carried out yesterday (Thursday). Richard Watts (pictured...