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NUT delegates back boycott of testing for four and five-year-olds
Delegates at the National Union of Teachers’ conference have backed a motion that could lead to a boycott of planned testing for four and five-year-olds in England. Ministers...
Cash to implement infant free school meals policy is 'not going where it is needed'
Concerns have been raised after schools with poor rates of free school meal uptake missed out on a share of £8.5m in funding to support the improvement of...
Half of all councils face 'uphill battle' against primary place shortfalls by 2018
Primary school pupils could outnumber places in almost 40 per cent of council areas by September 2016, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. Analysis by LGA of...
HQ of three education organisations including Ark Schools remain closed due to central London fire
The central London offices of three education organisations, including Ark Schools, remain closed this week following an electrical fire under a nearby pavement. Workers at the head offices...
RSC agrees to expansion of Redditch schools, despite MP and parent concerns
A regional schools commissioner has granted permission for neighbouring academies to convert into two-tier schools – despite concerns it would “decimate” the town’s education system. Pank Patel, regional...
No suggestion that tests for reception pupils are ‘traumatic’, say assessment providers
Children’s author Philip Pulman is among 80 signatories to a letter published in the Guardian today urging the government to scrap assessments for four and five year olds,...
Newspaper editor falls for April Fool’s prank: ‘I should have known – idea of transparency is just too far-fetched’
Schools Week editor Laura McInerney has said she should have known our April Fool’s day prank story was a dud – because the idea of transparency was “simply...
EXCLUSIVE: Leaked documents reveal new free schools to be named after politicians
NB – This story was published as an April Fool’s story. Three new free schools due to open after the election will be named after leading politicians –...
What actually happens at a teacher union conference? - The inside view.
I spent six years as a teacher and never once went to a teacher union conference. In fact, the thought terrified me. My imagined version was of massive,...
NQT retention rate branded 'dismal' as union reveals two in five stay less than a year
The “dismal” retention rate of newly-qualified teachers (NQTs) has been lamented by a union leader after figures revealed only three fifths of those who gained qualified teacher status (QTS)...
Gove's 'school structure experiment' has left schools in free-fall - Bousted
Michael Gove’s “great school structure experiment” has failed, and the proof is in the schools which “fall through gaps in the system”, Dr Mary Bousted will tell the...