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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...
Primary school results improve across all subjects
Performance in key stage two SATS has increased across all subjects, newly published figures show. Primary league tables show that 79 per cent of pupils reached the expected...
DfE agrees to publish regional schools commissioner registers of interests
Education ministers have committed to greater transparency around regional schools commissioners, following criticism of them as “unaccountable and opaque”. Responding to a parliamentary question, Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said...
Morgan announces 'employer-led' careers advice company
A new “employer-led” company will launch next year to boost careers advice in schools and colleges, the education secretary announced today. In the “ambitious new approach”, the company will...
GCSE Science students should complete 'log-book' of sixteen experiments, says Ofqual
GCSE pupils may no longer need to undertake practical controlled assessments for their science exams – but instead their teacher would have to present logbooks to exam boards...