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One in four trainee teachers not prepared for poor student behaviour, survey reveals
A quarter of teachers say their initial teacher training (ITT) failed to prepare them for the management of poorly behaved students. A YouGov survey, commissioned by education charity...
Ofsted deny media influence as council chiefs call for independent review
Ofsted is becoming too “media-driven” it has been warned, as local government leaders call for an independent review of the inspectorate. The Local Government Association (LGA) said the...
Interventions in failing schools cost £382m a year - and 'make little difference', says public spending watchdog
More than half of underperforming maintained schools did not improve after ‘formal intervention’, such as a change of governance or turning the school into an academy, says the...
Schools funding boss Lauener to also become Skills Funding Agency chief
The boss of the schools funding agency is set to add adult education to his list of responsibilities with appointment to the post of Skills Funding Agency chief...
FEATURED: the new regional schools commissioners
Academy status should not be seen as the preserve of large, urban schools, says Paul Smith, the regional schools commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire. In an interview...
Parents struggle with cost of school, say Children’s Commission
More than two thirds of parents have struggled with the cost of school, with half cutting back spending on clothing, food or heating, according to a new report....
DfE calls for evidence as it prepares to draw up new teaching assistant standards
A call for evidence has been launched today by the Department for Education (DfE) to support the development of a new set of professional standards for teaching assistants....
Questions raised over Ofsted quality after cut-and-paste sacking
Ofsted’s quality assurance leaves schools unable to know whether the inspection team that “walks through the school gates will be good or not”, says the head of the...
England’s largest academies chain issued with notice of financial concern
The largest academy chain in England has been slapped with a notice of financial concern by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). In a letter to the Academies Enterprise...
Hobby hails 'great deal we can do together' as NAHT joins the TUC
The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) has become the latest education union to affiliate with the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The news that the NAHT will join...
New sponsors, new uniforms - for £70,000
The failure of one academy trust has left the taxpayer paying up to £70,000 for new school uniforms, exclusive research by Schools Week can now reveal. Nine schools...