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Pupil premium: is the £2.5bn cash injection raising standards?
Schools Week is exploring the way vulnerable groups of learners have fared under the coalition. In the third of a five-part series, John Dickens looks at who exactly...
Progress 8: New measure undervalues low ability pupils
Schools adding value around the bottom of the ability range during the transition from legacy GCSEs to the new 1 to 9 grading system will get “significantly less...
Eight months in and how have the RSCs fared?
Regional Schools Commissioners are part of the government’s middle tier of accountability for academies. Brought in last September, they were told to tackle underperformance and to boost the...
Former free school head charged with fraud
A free school’s former principal has vowed to clear his name after he was charged with multiple fraud offences. Sajid Raza, founder of the Kings Science Academy in...
Free School round-up
Durham free school backs down on plans to appeal against closure Durham Free School will not be seeking a judicial review against its forced closure. The school was told...
Commission members announced
School reform minister Nick Gibb last month announced a teacher-led commission on “assessment without levels” to highlight best practice assessment models. The group’s members were revealed on Monday and...
PSHE teacher slump in face of £700 course fee
The number of teachers training in personal, social, health and economics (PSHE) education has fallen 90 per cent, according to figures released by the education select committee. After...
49 New Free Schools: But where are they located?
The prime minister has announced the approval of a further 49 free schools, the last batch before the general election. He also revealed that a future Conservative government...
Nuffield pilot promises one school a ‘head of wellbeing’
What’s better in a school – a free fitness facility or an employee dedicated to “wellbeing”? In the case of a new scheme created by Nuffield Health, schools...
Local authorities must act when children’s centres fail, says minister
Childcare minister Sam Gyimah says the government will not step in when children’s centres underperform as it does when schools fail. The education select committee on Wednesday heard...
Teacher pay rise: Nicky Morgan approves 2 per cent increase for 'best' teachers
Schools are set to be given the power to reward their best teachers with a 2 per cent pay rise. Education secretary Nicky Morgan outlined her intentions today...