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Councils take court action on free school
Two councils have launched separate High Court challenges over the location of a free school. In the latest development in a long-running battle, South Buckinghamshire District Council and...
Sikh-ethos school opens two months late as funding restored
A Sikh-ethos free school that had its funding withdrawn five days before it was due to open in early September will begin lessons on Monday, after being given...
MPs shun select committee hearing on PSHE
An MP has spoken of her disappointment that as few as three MPs were present at an inquiry into making sex education compulsory in schools. The education select...
Ofsted calls – when the teachers are on strike
A secondary school in Suffolk has been inspected last week, despite most staff taking part in industrial action at the time. NASUWT members were on strike at Lowestoft’s...
Fifth change in junior post since 2010 as Fovargue joins Labour’s education team
New junior shadow education minister Yvonne Fovargue (pictured below) says she will “relish the chance” to take forward Labour’s education policies. In what was described as a “mini”...
Results show Knowsley is worst performing area for GCSEs
One local authority has become the only area in England to see its schools’ GCSE results on average fall below the “floor” set by the Department for Education...
Tougher GCSE rules lead to drop in results
The headline GCSE pass rate has fallen by almost five percentage points this year, new figures from the Department for Education (DfE) show. The provisional statistics, released this...
EXCLUSIVE: Tories fight back after Clegg's office claim teacher Workload Challenge was 'his idea'
A row has broken out between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats about whose idea it was to launch an initiative which invites teachers to help “stop that runaway train of...
Clegg challenges teachers to identify "pointless processes and paperwork"
A new policy development initiative to reduce bureaucracy across the public sector is to be piloted first with teachers, Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, is expected to say....
Morgan calls on Hunt to stop criticising Free Schools as applications hit record high
Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, has told Tristram Hunt, to stop “running down” the success of free schools in response to a Labour party dossier criticising the programme....
GCSE and A level exam enquiries have exceeded 450,000 say Ofqual
Exams regulator Ofqual has today published provisional data showing the number of Enquiries about Results (EARs) and Appeals against results “has increased noticeably this year.” The new information follows this summer’s exams,...