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PM pledges free mental health training for secondary school teachers
Every secondary school in England will get free mental health training and improved support from local health services, the prime minister has announced today. In a speech at...
DfE in danger of missing FOI request floor standard
The Department for Education is in danger of falling below the floor standard for meeting its legal duty to respond on time to information requests – although it...
EEF to test impact of school theatre trips under £2.5m trial
The educational impact of taking pupils to the theatre and visiting exhibitions will be tested under a new £2.5 million trial. The project will be focus on schools...
Greening: New grammar schools are 'shared society' example
The government’s plan to open new grammar schools is a key policy of Theresa May’s new “shared society”, the education secretary has said. Justine Greening told the Andrew...
Religious studies allocation scuppers plans for Jewish free school
The government has rejected a bid to open a Jewish free school in London after criticising its plans to dedicate 20 per cent of learning time to faith-based...
DfE recruits team of behavioural scientists
The Department for Education is recruiting a team of “behavioural insights” experts to aid ministers in their policymaking decisions. The move is aimed at changing the “culture” of...
Travel costs to send students from closing UTC to Silverstone hit £100k
The government is to stump up thousands of pounds in travel costs to send children from a closing university technical college to another 20 miles away, according to...
Autism diagnosis can cause other special needs to be 'neglected'
Schools are struggling to support the rising numbers of pupils diagnosed with autism because the label means other learning needs can be “neglected”, parents and experts have told...
Government writes off £800,000 of free school funding
The government has written off £800,000 it was unable to claw back from free schools. Schools Week revealed last month that the DfE needed to claw back £11...
Catholic Church will take government to court over school admissions letters from priests
The Catholic church is set to take the government to court early this year over its decision to reject a priest’s letter as a legitimate way of admitting...
Ofsted ignores more than 100 schools for a decade
More than 1,200 schools in England have not had a full Ofsted inspection in seven years, with more than 100 given respite for longer than a decade, a...