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Dramatic £12 million dip in fees as schools hit exam entrant deadline
Schools have saved £12 million in the past academic year by entering more pupils for exams on time, Schools Week estimates. Ofqual’s latest figures show that in 2013/14,...
Academy trusts: how the big five rate
The largest academy trusts have low numbers of schools rated at least good by Ofsted, with most operating more ‘not-good’ schools than good and outstanding ones – analysis...
Lawyer heads new review on Norfolk inspections
Ofsted has appointed an education law expert to review their own investigation into alleged inspection irregularities at three Norfolk schools. Julian Gizzi (pictured) will review an inquiry into...
Government launch fairer funding consultation for Special Educational Needs and Disability
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation in a bid to make the distribution of special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding fairer. It comes after...
Clegg’s ‘revolutionary’ UCAS-style post-16 service already exists claims UCAS
The deputy prime minister has today announced ‘revolutionary’ plans for a post-16 vocational system ‘similar to UCAS’ – although UCAS has said it is already providing the service. Nick Clegg (pictured)...
Academy oversight failings exposed as Hodge’s PAC prepares to hear evidence
The agency in charge of academy funding has been told that it must “get to grips with dubious business relationships” after an investigation into one academy trust’s finances....
FEATURED: the new regional  schools commissioners
Would-be whistleblowers need to know that all avenues to tell their stories are “quite open”, says Pank Patel, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands. He said...
Ofsted drops local authority ‘effective’ and ‘ineffective’ judgements
Local authorities will no longer be given an overall judgement of their school improvement functions, Ofsted has said in a framework released this morning. Instead, a narrative judgement will...
School-based teacher training of more benefit than university route find researchers
Schools think they benefit more overall from school-based teacher training than university-based routes, a new survey by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found. The IFS survey into...
Proposed GCSE RE criteria requires students to study two religions but not worldviews
Pupils will need to study two religions under new criteria for GCSE religious studies, but non-religious worldviews will not be included, a government consultation document has revealed. Launched...
Free school sixth-form offer £500 recruitment ‘incentive’ to pupils
High-achieving students in Doncaster are being offered £500 in a bid to lure them to a new free school sixth-form. New College Pontefract applied to the Department for...