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Breaking: Firm chosen for new national reference tests with first exams set for March 2017
A firm has been selected to develop and introduce the new national reference tests – with the first pupils set to take the exams in March 2017. Ofqual announced today...
Hunt pledges 'far-reaching' reform of Ofsted and peer review system by 2020
Labour will complete “far-reaching reform” of Ofsted and introduce a peer review improvement system by 2020 if the party forms a government after May 7, Tristram Hunt has...
Teachers need more support to stop their careers being ruined by false allegations from pupils, union warns
More than a third of school staff claim they or a colleague have faced false allegations from pupils – leading to calls for more support so careers are...
Plans for differently weighting the maths content of new science GCSEs have "little justification"
Ofqual’s proposals for differently weighting maths content  in the new science GCSE exams have “little justification”, says a science subject leader. Vice chair of the Association for Science Education...
STEM-specialist free school branded 'inadequate'
A North London 16 to 19 free school which specialises in science, maths, engineering and technology has been branded inadequate less than two years after it opened. STEM...
ASCL: leave us to get on with it, whitehall
The curriculum is the business of politicians, not teachers, said Nicky Morgan, while Labour’s Tristram Hunt plumped for help from overseas. And as for David Laws? Well, he...
Reception assessments ‘harmful’, say unions and academics
An open letter expressing deep concern about the intended introduction of reception baseline assessments from September has been signed by 17 associations and unions. The signatories argue that...
Special needs reforms: laudable or laughable?
Parents of children with special needs last year told a website survey that they were unhappy with September’s changes to provision. But do their concerns indicate widespread problems,...
Inspiration Trust denies 'baseless allegations' it will sell failing Norwich schools' land
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has taken the controversial decision to sign an academy order for the Hewett school in Norwich, with Inspiration Academy Trust poised to take over...
£1.8m to ‘eradicate’ homophobic bullying
The government has released £1.8 million to train teachers to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying. Eight groups, including Barnado’s, Show Racism the Red Card and the...
DfE scores academy chains and local authorities on same measures for first time
The Department for Education has proposed measures for rating the performance of academy chains and local authorities, which would be published on an ongoing basis. Under the proposals,...