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LifeSkills holds first professional advice day
Teachers and careers advisors attended the inaugural LifeSkills’ continued professional development (CPD) session on Thursday. The event, run by Barclays LifeSkills and held at its Canary Wharf HQ,...
EFA boss warns Durand Academy over financial ‘conflict’
Durand Academy in south London will face limits on its spending powers if a “clear conflict of interest” is not managed within the next two months, school funding...
Second review clears Norfolk academies of tip-offs
Three academies have again been cleared of allegations that they received tip-offs about Ofsted inspections – but the investigator says that he was hindered by missing documents. Lawyer...
Morgan hesitates on A-level science practicals
Science educators are dealing with “prolonged uncertainty” about the role of practical assessment in their subject – and comments by the education secretary aren’t improving things, says a...
We’ve won the battle on MATs, says Stuart
Ofsted now has the same powers to inspect multi-academy trusts (MATs) as it does to inspect local authorities, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has confirmed. The change comes...
Sponsors step away from troubled Liverpool academy
The number of sponsors of the troubled Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) in Garston is to be cut back. Amey, the lead sponsor of the failing academy, and...
DfE report praised damned free school
A free school faced with closure after Ofsted called its pupils “racist” has released a confidential Department for Education (DfE) monitoring report which just five months earlier stated...
Ofsted refuses to release conference slides
A teacher has questioned why Ofsted refuses to release presentation materials about maths teaching that he claims should be publicly available. The inspectorate’s national lead for mathematics, Jane...
Ofsted changes ruling on Derby school
The headteacher of a free school pulled out of special measures by Ofsted says the school has the “drive and capacity” to make more progress. Ofsted judged Al-Madinah...
Schools must account for EAL spending, experts say
Cash for pupils without English as a first language needs to be better targeted and schools should be held to greater account if it is not spent effectively...
DfE needs plan to stop repeat of 'Trojan Horse', say MPs
MPs are demanding a proper strategy from the Department of Education to help prevent unforeseen school scandals such as the “Trojan horse” affair in Birmingham. A damning report...