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A million more infants take up free meals as policy hailed a success
Official figures show that 1.3 million more children now eat free school meals since the introduction in September of universal infant free school meals. On a visit to...
Exclusive: Chair who ordered heads’ suspensions removed from Cuckoo Hall trust board
An academy trust chair responsible for the suspension of two headteachers and a director has been removed from her position. Andry Efthymiou, pictured, has been removed by vote...
Are we really ready for the new, 'more rigorous' Maths GCSE?
The principles underlying the changes to GCSE maths are sound. But the practicalities are less so. For a start, where will all the extra teachers come from? When...
Head at centre of ‘misconduct’ allegations proclaims her innocence as she quits Floreat board
A headteacher at the centre of an investigation into allegations of “gross misconduct” at a north London academies trust has claimed she is innocent of the charges against...
More schools hit with exam malpractice penalties
The number of school and colleges issued with penalties for exam malpractice increased sharply this summer, newly released figures show. In total, 217 schools were hit with penalties...
Head made £40,000 ‘irregular’ payments, says EFA
A headteacher took more than £700 worth of alcohol from his school and made almost £40,000 of “irregular” payments before he resigned, a government report has found. The...
Cameron needs to rethink maths and science plan
Plans to train an extra 17,500 maths and physics teachers at a cost of £67 million have been met with scepticism by teacher training experts. On Monday, the...
Alliance wants to redistribute pupil premiums
Pupil premiums should be redistributed to pupils who are both disadvantaged and have low attainment, suggests a group of education organisations. The Fair Education Alliance (FEA) wants the...
Hunt: Schools should be free to choose how they do it
In the same week that the coalition pushed military ethos projects, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said that he would expect Ofsted to “value” character education in schools....
Morale leaps as Morgan moves in
Morale is bouncing back at the Department for Education following the end of a “particularly unpleasant era” when Michael Gove was at the helm. In the last 12-months,...
Wilshaw fears for stand-alone academies
Ofsted’s chief inspector has criticised a focus on the structure of schools, despite warning that stand-alone academies are at risk of underperforming. Sir Michael Wilshaw outlined his concerns...