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Assessment Without Levels Commission: Nick Gibb leads hunt for new primary assessment solutions
Concerns over new detailed performance descriptors have led the Government to set up a new commission to review how schools assess pupils’ progress. Responses to a consultation, published...
Durham Free School funding to be terminated on March 27
Durham Free School will have its funding terminated at the end of this term, the Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed. Janet Renou, the regional schools commissioner for...
DfE Character Awards: full list of winners
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the 21 schools and six charities receiving £15,000 in recognition of their work promoting resilience and grit in pupils and young people....
Syria Schoolgirls: Morgan writes to Principal of Bethnal Green Academy
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has offered hopes and prayers for the “safe return” of three girls believed to have fled to Syria to join Islamic State (IS). In...
Design of primary classrooms can boost pupil progress by 16 per cent
Learning progress in primary school pupils can be boosted by up to 16 per cent in a single year if classrooms are well-designed, according to new research. Differences...
Laws announces 'exceptional' middle leaders secondment plan
“Exceptional” department, subject and year group heads from outstanding schools will be parachuted into challenging schools under plans to raise standards, schools minister David Laws will announce today....
Replace Ofsted with local inspection teams and 'mutually agreed action plans' - says new ATL report
Replacing Ofsted with a system of local inspection teams has been backed by the Association of Teachers (ATL) and Lecturers in its report on the future of inspection....
Northamptonshire ease teacher concerns over 'Next Generation Council'
Council bosses have moved to ease fears about changes in education provision amid plans to outsource all of a local authority’s services to “specialist social enterprises”. Northamptonshire County...
Labour will deny schools 'outstanding' Ofsted rating if they fail on 'creative and cultural' curriculum
Schools will miss out on ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings if they fail to offer creative subjects and cultural opportunities under a Labour government, Ed Miliband has pledged. In a...
Labour pledges business leaders to help improve 'slipping' head teacher standards
Headteachers will benefit from business leader partnerships and a new ‘gold standard’ qualification – under new Labour plans to be announced today by the shadow education secretary. Speaking...
Firbeck Academy and SPTA's Don Valley Academy warned over falling results
The Department for Education today released ‘pre-warning termination notices’ given to two schools – and lifted a prior financial notice on another.   Pre-Warning Notices Firbeck Academy, in...