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What should schools and teachers expect from the Queen's Speech?
To many outsiders, the Queen’s Speech may look like a lot of pomp and circumstance and not much else, but it is a significant event in terms of...
Doomed Black Country UTC failed to promote vocational options, inspectors find
The damning Ofsted report cited as one of the reasons behind the closure of one of the flagship University Technical Colleges (UTCs) was today released, revealing inadequate grades across the...
Nicky Morgan lauds free schools as "modern engines of social justice" as next application window opens
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has hailed free schools for “breaking the cycle of disadvantage” as the latest window for new proposals opens today. Ms Morgan has reaffirmed the  Conservative’s...
Early Excellence picks up 60 per cent of the baseline assessment market - at least one other provider likely to lose approval
More than half of England’s primary schools have chosen Early Excellence to provide their reception baseline assessments – meaning that at least one of the other five providers...
Smart new teachers flock to coasting schools for an easier life
Highly qualified teachers are more attracted to schools serving the wealthiest and highest attaining pupils, research suggests. Sophie Scott looks at how this affects learners in more deprived...
Regional schools commissioner snubs parents during Redditch decision talks
A regional schools commissioner held one-to-one talks with 17 Redditch school leaders over fears that his decisions could “decimate” the town’s education system – and then pulled out...
Cornish free school to be merged with nearby academy
A £4.5 million free school will merge with a nearby academy after failing to attract enough pupils. St Michael’s Catholic Secondary School in Camborne, Cornwall, opened in September...
How Bristol schools pool teacher applicants to find the best
Anecdotal evidence suggests that recruiting teachers is getting tougher. Recruiting teachers into challenging schools is tougher still. Matt Butler (pictured), the principal of Oasis Academy Brightstowe in Bristol,...
Education blogger urges teachers to see lifting of levels as 'wonderful opportunity'
School leaders were given an insight into life without levels at the London conference, designed to help teachers face the “enormous” task of developing their own assessment systems....
We want to know why our free school bid failed, says parent group
The leader of a parent group that unsuccessfully applied to open a free school in south London wants to know more about why their bid was rejected. In...
Whistleblowing in schools on the rise
A lack of “local authority oversight” over academies could help to explain the “huge increase” in calls to a whistleblowing advice line. Whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work...