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More schools hit with exam malpractice penalties
The number of school and colleges issued with penalties for exam malpractice increased sharply this summer, newly released figures show. In total, 217 schools were hit with penalties...
Head made £40,000 ‘irregular’ payments, says EFA
A headteacher took more than £700 worth of alcohol from his school and made almost £40,000 of “irregular” payments before he resigned, a government report has found. The...
Cameron needs to rethink maths and science plan
Plans to train an extra 17,500 maths and physics teachers at a cost of £67 million have been met with scepticism by teacher training experts. On Monday, the...
Alliance wants to redistribute pupil premiums
Pupil premiums should be redistributed to pupils who are both disadvantaged and have low attainment, suggests a group of education organisations. The Fair Education Alliance (FEA) wants the...
Hunt: Schools should be free to choose how they do it
In the same week that the coalition pushed military ethos projects, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said that he would expect Ofsted to “value” character education in schools....
Morale leaps as Morgan moves in
Morale is bouncing back at the Department for Education following the end of a “particularly unpleasant era” when Michael Gove was at the helm. In the last 12-months,...
Wilshaw fears for stand-alone academies
Ofsted’s chief inspector has criticised a focus on the structure of schools, despite warning that stand-alone academies are at risk of underperforming. Sir Michael Wilshaw outlined his concerns...
DfE rules on ‘Disqualification by association’ unclear says NAHT
The Department for Education needs to issue clearer guidance on who must be barred from working with young children, says the National Association of Head Teachers. “Disqualification by...
Ministers back college of teaching
A proposed college of teaching has been backed by the government in an announcement by ministers Nicky Morgan and David Laws this week. Last month Schools Week reported...
Authorities on target list left in the dark
Authorities on a “target list” for academisation have been unaware that the Department for Education “concentrated its efforts” in their areas. The DfE released the list of 17...
Morgan sets aside £4.8m for ‘character-building’
Nicky Morgan has revealed details of her plan to promote character in schools, a proposal that she outlined as a “priority” at the Conservative party conference earlier this...