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Apply now for summer school funding
The Department for Education is inviting applications for the latest round of pupil premium summer school funding, with evidence suggesting they have a beneficial effect on academic attainment....
Pension costs cut into PM’s pledge to safeguard budgets
Schools are facing squeezed finances, despite David Cameron’s pledge this week to safeguard the schools budget. Speaking on Monday at Kingsmead School in Enfield, north London, the prime...
Sacking primary heads over times tables doesn’t add up
A proposed Conservative policy that primary head teachers be sacked if their pupils do not know their times-tables has come under attack from unions and a legal expert....
Private school defends against Cameron claim
A private school singled out by Prime Minister David Cameron in a speech this week has defended its record for sending pupils to top universities. Mr Cameron compared...
The graph that should stop Cameron’s plan
– Data challenges Tory pledge to ‘takeover’ mediocre schools – Overlap in pupils’ performance between Ofsted grades The prime minister’s assertion that schools labelled as “requiring improvement” by...
Aborted Croydon free school costs taxpayers £82,000
Four Conservative councillors behind plans to open a free school in south London that were scrapped at a cost to the taxpayer of more than £82,000 have applied...
Sharing resources: Sorry Mr President, we thought of it first
President Obama may have committed to promoting the use of open educational resources (OER), but Leicester got there first. The local authority has announced that it is the...
Ofsted fine-tunes inspection framework
Teaching unions have given a cautious welcome to Ofsted’s latest reforms that include new criteria across all inspections. From September, schools will be assessed on the same four...
Reception baseline assessment providers set 10 per cent recruitment target
The Standards and Testing Agency has confirmed the six providers for reception baseline assessments, as it is revealed providers must recruit at least 10 per cent of schools...
140 secondary schools given cash bonus as they qualify for 2015 Pupil Premium Awards
A total of 140 secondary schools will receive at least a £5,000 cash boost after being announced as  key stage 4 finalists in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards....
Top primary school has exam results annulled after investigation
A London primary school which was previously labelled as the best in the country has seen its entire exam results annulled on the grounds of “maladministration”. Grinling Gibbons Primary...