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Ofsted slams school for failing to tackle homophobia and racism
A Cornish school has been criticised by Ofsted for not “responding assertively” to incidences of homophobia and racism. Callington Community College was subjected to a sudden monitoring inspection...
Faith leaders support systematic study of humanism
A group of 28 faith leaders has written to schools minister Nick Gibb expressing support for proposals for “systematic study of humanism” in new GCSE and A level...
No evidence of fraud at 'Trojan horse' school rules EFA.
An investigation into an education trust and one of its schools, involved in the “Trojan horse” affair, has found no evidence of fraud. The Education Funding Agency (EFA)...
Unions criticise government's "woefully inadequate" response to Workload Challenge
Unions have criticised the government’s plans to address teachers’ heavy workloads, claiming it has shown “contempt” for teachers and staff still feel ignored. The reaction comes after the...
Funding for 16 and 17-year-olds to remain at £4,000 in 2015/16, EFA confirms
The funding rate for 16 and 17-year-old learners will remain at £4,000, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) has confirmed. In a letter to providers, the Agency’s national director...
Nick Clegg unveils government plan to better teacher workload balance
The government has put together a six-point action plan to help tackle “excessive” teacher workload, it has announced today. The Department for Education (DfE) this morning published the...
Are schools really making the GCSE grade?
Schools have now had a week to digest the GCSE league tables released by the Department for Education. But have they spotted what we saw? Last week, the...
Apply now for summer school funding
The Department for Education is inviting applications for the latest round of pupil premium summer school funding, with evidence suggesting they have a beneficial effect on academic attainment....
Pension costs cut into PM’s pledge to safeguard budgets
Schools are facing squeezed finances, despite David Cameron’s pledge this week to safeguard the schools budget. Speaking on Monday at Kingsmead School in Enfield, north London, the prime...
Sacking primary heads over times tables doesn’t add up
A proposed Conservative policy that primary head teachers be sacked if their pupils do not know their times-tables has come under attack from unions and a legal expert....
Private school defends against Cameron claim
A private school singled out by Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech this week has defended its record for sending pupils to top universities. Mr Cameron compared...