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Regional School Commissioners handed power to choose sponsors for "failing" schools
Regional School Commissioners are to be given formal powers to find sponsors to take over “failing” maintained schools, it has been announced today. Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State...
Nicky Morgan announces Tom Bennett as new 'behaviour expert'
Nicky Morgan will today reveal plans to tackle pupil misbehaviour through the appointment of a new behaviour expert, Tom Bennett. As a current teacher, and leader of the...
Grade 5 will be the new, harder, GCSE pass rate
A 5 will be the new ‘pass’ grade when GCSEs switch to numbered grading, education secretary Nicky Morgan is today set to announce. This level will be harder...
New Ofsted schools inspection headings confirmed as common inspection framework is launched
Plans to judge schools on the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of learning and assessment and pupils’ “personal development, behaviour and welfare” have been outlined by...
Ofsted plan for 'exceptional leader' letters receives nervous reaction from heads
In a series of changes to Ofsted practices set out by Michael Wilshaw today, headteachers who are doing an “exceptional turnaround job” will now be recognised with a...
Guide to the New Ofsted Reforms: Shorter inspections, 'exceptional leaders' and complaints scrutiny
Michael Wilshaw has announced a series of changes to Ofsted practices from September this year. It was already known that inspections would be ‘frequent but shorter‘ and would...
Mind the gap: your guide to the national reference tests
The new national reference tests (NRTs) are a subject of much discussion, rumour and anxiety. Announced by Ofqual last year to help set GCSE boundaries, the exams regulator...
Education leaders recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours
The boss of a charity that aims to boost the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils has been given one of the top honours in the country. Kevan Collins,...
Boy charged with attempted murder of Bradford teacher
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after a teacher was stabbed at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford yesterday. The teenager was also charged with possession...
Plans revealed for new school leadership foundation
Plans have been unveiled for a new foundation to develop world-class school leadership – run by the profession rather than the government. Three professional associations representing head teachers,...
Cuts force councils to tear up free bus passes
Government cutbacks are forcing councils to reduce their provision of free and subsidised transport for pupils to the legal minimum. North Yorkshire county council is removing free home-to-school...