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EAL: How London’s pupils are winning the postcode lottery
Students arriving in schools without fluent English can thrive, but it depends where they live and how their schools use their pupil premium pot. Look at the statistics...
Ukip keeps schtum on plans to deny school places to immigrant children
The UK Independence Party (Ukip) this week remained tight-lipped about a policy to deny free state education to immigrants’ children for five years after their entering England when...
Education must not be "sacrificed on altar of deficit", union chief will today warn
Austerity measures putting a squeeze on school budgets must not result in children’s education being sacrificed, the president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) will...
West London Free School leaders plan 'academically rigorous' school in Oxford
Two assistant headteachers from Toby Young’s West London Free School are planning a free school in Oxford. Laura Mathews and Wade Nottingham have confirmed their involvement in Powerful...
Exam board chief: Time to consider allowing mobile phones and laptops in exams
Assessment should be “liberated from the straitjacket of pen and paper” with pupils allowed to use smart phones and laptops, an exam board specialist has suggested. Will Hornby,...
EXCLUSIVE: Grey Coat school apologises for donation 'confusion'
A top state school has apologised to parents after Schools Week exclusively revealed their admissions letter appeared to breach laws by asking for donations. Grey Coat Hospital School...
Pupil who designed new £1 coin was encouraged by his teacher
A Walsall teenager told by his teacher about a competition to design the “tails” side of the new £1 coin saw off 6,000 other entries to be named...
Budget reveals measures for reducing 'back-office' spend in schools
While chancellor George Osborne failed to mention education in his budget speech, the full report includes measures for reducing “back-office” spending in schools. The document says: “In education,...
Experience of Priority Schools Building Programme "really has been painful" says London head
An evidence session of the education select committee into the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) heard claims from a witness that it was “probably the worst experience I’ve...
Confidence in Ofsted 'undermined' by Trojan Horse investigations
Confidence in Ofsted has been undermined and needs to be restored, according to the Education Select Committee’s latest report out today. The report examines lessons from the committee’s...
Trojan Horse investigations led to 'crisis and confusion'
Conducting multiple inquiries into concerns about Birmingham’s so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ plot led to “a sense of crisis and confusion”, the education select committee has said today. A report...