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Cameron plans rescue squad of 1,500 top teachers
A rescue team of teachers in the shape of a National Teaching Service (NTS) were proposed this week by Prime Minister David Cameron. The new centrally funded body...
School Direct places soar as institutions face cuts
Figures released this week show that teacher training places at outstanding providers are to be cut 10.6 per cent, while the number of in-school training places has soared....
Ofsted obstruct the sharing of teacher observation notes
A data protection expert has said Ofsted is being obstructive by using copyright law to prevent teachers publishing their own lesson observation notes. Under the Data Protection Act,...
More academy conversions given the green light
Labour would continue to allow good and outstanding schools to convert to academy status, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has said for the first time. While he has...
Quick reunion for A and AS-levels
Tristram Hunt has brushed off concerns over his plan to “recouple” AS-levels and A-levels, saying “parliament is sovereign and if we are elected, we’ll do it”. He was...
Truants stay in the classroom as term-time holidays lose their allure
The Department for Education (DfE) has revealed record low numbers of children persistently missing lessons. The government said the statistics, which were released this week and which cover...
Improvement plans ‘not fit for purpose’
Birmingham schools named in the Trojan Horse scandal have brought in new turnaround plans, following sharp criticism from Ofsted. The five schools had unannounced monitoring inspections last month,...
Gender salaries gap ‘widens’ in academies
Men get paid more than women in equivalent roles, and the gap is widening in primary academies, claims NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates (pictured). Giving evidence to MPs...
FEATURED: the new regional  schools commissioners
Tackling the isolation of small, rural schools in the north will be one of the priorities for the headteacher board covering the region, Janet Renou, the Regional Schools...
Caption competition - what did Laura ask Tristram?
This week our Deputy Editor Laura McInerney interviewed the Shadow Education secretary Tristram Hunt in his office at the Houses of Parliament. We’ll have exclusive coverage in our...
Lack of action at Trojan Horse schools — Ofsted tells government
Five Birmingham schools named in the Trojan Horse scandal are not showing sufficient signs of improvement, schools inspectorate Ofsted has said in a letter to the Education Secretary (click...