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DfE’s performance descriptors – panel of consultants revealed
The names of the 10 experts who drafted the new teacher assessment “performance descriptors” have been released after a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request. A report launched...
MP calls for clarity as RSC powers expand
Regional school commissioners will need to be more transparent about their decisions when they adopt strong new powers next year, says Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton...
Ofsted chief defends ‘impartial’ inspectors
Ofsted’s chief inspector has defended the impartiality of inspectors when they inspect faith schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw said inspectors, and those working through its service providers, must report...
Poor pay leaves support staff sweeping the roads
Many school support staff have to take on a second job to make ends meet, suggests a survey for the trade union Unison. Its survey of more than...
Where are Gove’s ‘magnificent seven’ now?
On March 26, 2012, Michael Gove namechecked his so-called “magnificent seven” academy leaders in a speech to the Association of School and College Leaders. Following the recent suspension...
Ex-minister’s multi-academy trust collapses
An academy trust chaired by former education minister Jim Knight is to fold. HTI Education Trust has announced that it will wind up and hand over responsibility for...
Osborne earmarks £30m for northern academies and careers advice
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £30 million cash boost for education. In his Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne said the “very best” academy chains in the north would...
Education Select Committee Review: Morgan on GCSE and A Level Reform
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BREAKING: Osborne pledges £10m budget boost for academy chains in the North
The chancellor has this afternoon announced £10 million for academy chains in the north of England. Delivering the Autumn Statement today George Osborne said half of the poorest...
Four A-levels and a GCSE given the chop by Ofqual
Four A Levels and one GCSE subject are to be axed by Ofqual from next September. The qualifications body announced today to withdraw AS and A Levels in...
Trojan Horse school to join Ark academy chain
One of Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ schools is set to join the Ark multi-academy trust next September. Trustees at Oldknow Academy, who took control of the school in August...