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Michael Gove: UTCs have failed
Michael Gove, the former education secretary and a key architect of the government’s fast-unravelling university technical colleges (UTCs) programme has admitted the experiment has failed. The politician, now...
Long-awaited Ofsted report on double inspections to be published 'before March'
A long-awaited Ofsted report on the “reliability” of inspections – tested through sending two inspectors to a school to see if they give the same judgment – will...
Schools forced to 'reintegrate' pupils after UTC and studio school closures
Schools that lose high proportions of pupils to university technical colleges (UTCs) and studio schools often have to “reintegrate” youngsters a year later because institutions close or pupils...
Booming academy transfer market pushes costs to potential £30m
More than 100 schools are now rebrokered every year as the booming academy transfer market pushes costs to a potential £30 million. Figures obtained by Schools Week have...
Resignations and husbands: how RSC conflicts are coming to the fore
The fourth resignation of a regional schools commissioner in the past 19 months illustrates how the government is doing little more than using “sticking plasters” to deal with...
School support staff 'increasingly' teaching lessons, union warns
Schools are increasingly deploying support staff to teach lessons, a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found. A survey of school staff found that 78...
Performance-related pay criticised by thousands of teachers
Thousands of teachers have criticised the government’s performance-related pay system, with many claiming it has denied them access to even the smallest pay rise. A joint survey of...
ASCL leadership election: Geoff Barton wins landslide victory
Geoff Barton, the popular headteacher and anti-establishment challenger in the race to be the new leader of the Association of School and College Leaders, has won a landslide election...
Free school to open above Lidl store after 3 years 'in portacabins'
A primary school will re-open above a Lidl supermarket in a move experts say shows the “huge need” for free school sites as many languish in temporary accommodation....
Government considers PISA tests for 5 year olds
The government is considering taking part in a pilot of tablet-based tests for some of the youngest children in England’s primary schools. Department for Education officials are understood...
Ministers consider new 'national selection test' to replace 11-plus
Ministers are considering a new “national selection test” to replace the 11-plus, with a ‘selective education team’ led by Nick Timothy established to drive through grammar proposals. Minutes...