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Ofsted inspector tells schools to stick with levels … just change the criteria
An Ofsted inspector regarded as “one of the most experienced in the country” has advised school leaders to keep their current assessment systems and instead just change the...
EXCLUSIVE: Schools urged to enter pupils for fast-track 'GCSE' taught in just 3 days
– This is not a con trick, says company chief – Pupils must pass an exam (after three days) School leaders are being urged to enter “vulnerable” pupils...
Skirts banned as Yorkshire school brings in trousers-only policy
A school in east Yorkshire will join at least 63 others in being “trousers-only” for girls after male teachers allegedly said they were uncomfortable with female pupils’ short skirts. Bridlington...
Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall supports free schools
Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall has said she supports free schools – in contrast to previous Labour policy. Appearing at a Parliamentary Press Gallery lunch, Ms Kendall said...
College of Teaching announces 15 committee members to choose founding trustees
The search has started to find 13 trustees who will lead the formation of the College of Teaching. The Government announced in March it would fund the college...
Mausoleum next to school sports field rejected
A mausoleum due to be built next to a Staffordshire secondary school has been refused planning permission after the school intervened to point out the impact of their...
Primary schools celebrating the end of SATs criticised for throwing parties
It was party time in many primary schools last week as year 6 pupils celebrated the end of their key stage 2 tests with music, karaoke and cake....
Exam boards told to rewrite GCSE maths papers following difficulty row
The qualifications watchdog has told exam boards to rewrite parts of their GCSE maths exam papers following the row over some accredited papers being too easy. Ofqual today published...
Number of pupils missing school rises slightly, new figures show
Pupils have missed 800,000 more days this autumn term compared to last year as school absence rates crept up. Government figures released today chart absence rates from the...
Three Ofsted inspections into free schools published in election run-up – compared to 10 last year
Only three Ofsted inspections into free schools were published in the run up to the election – compared to ten in the same period last year. Schools Week...
Property website lets home hunters check schools' Ofsted ratings
Property website Rightmove has added a resource on its website to allow people to easily find the Ofsted result of schools close to where they plan to move....