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Schools that meet new measures will get a year’s grace from Ofsted
Schools performing much better than expected – a grade or more above predictions – will be exempt from Ofsted inspections for a year, a Department for Education (DfE)...
Newham council investigates ‘unlawful’ sixth-form centre
A sixth form set up by a London council has been left in legal limbo after councillors were told that it was “likely to be unlawful”, just months...
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Morgan boosts character funding with extra £4.5m
Nicky Morgan’s war chest for building “character, resilience and grit” has expanded with the announcement of a £3.5 million grant fund and £1 million for research, taking the...
Middle leaders shun NCTL course
Concerns have been raised about the uptake and completion of school “middle leader” qualifications. NAHT Edge – the middle leaders’ union and part of the National Association of...
Commissioners must convert schools
The performance of regional schools commissioners will be judged by how many schools in their areas convert to academy status, despite education secretary Nicky Morgan’s public stance that...
It’s up to heads to decide on PSHE, says Gibb
Schools minister Nick Gibb has ruled out making personal, social and health education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory, saying instead that schools should be “autonomous”...
New GCSEs face lack of invigilators
A top exams officer has warned of a shortage of invigilators when the GCSE reforms come into force. Andrew Harland, chief executive of the Examination Officers’ Association, told...
Academy trust taken off ‘pause list’ and given green light to expand
An academy trust has spoken of its plans to expand after being removed from the Department for Education’s (DfE) list of “paused” sponsors. Academy Transformation Trust (ATT), which...
Board votes to remove Cuckoo Hall chair
An academies trust director suspended amid allegations of misconduct has broken his silence after the chair who suspended him and two headteachers was removed. Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust...
School travel fund for local authorities cut by £6m
The government has slashed school travel funding by £6 million, forcing local authorities to consider making cuts elsewhere. On Wednesday, the Department for Education (DfE) set out funding...