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GCSE and A level exam appeals drop by a quarter
Appeals against GCSE and A level results have fallen by almost a quarter, the exams regulator Ofqual has said. The watchdog has published its annual statistical release on...
One in 3 pupils on university access scheme privately educated
A university access scheme has been blasted by MPs after a third of the pupils benefiting from the programme were found to be privately educated. Bristol University Scholars...
Today's education questions in parliament: 3 things we learned
MPs grilled Justine Greening, the education secretary, plus her ministerial team, in the House of Commons this afternoon. Funding and grammar schools dominated the agenda, with a few...
Tudor Grange pulls out of plan to admit year 7s
An academy permitted by its regional schools commissioner to change the year groups it admits has cancelled the plan for September after just nine pupils applied for places....
Critics attack plans for school mindfulness trials
Mindfulness and relaxation are to be taught in schools as part of a government trial to combat teenage anxiety and to promote child happiness. But critics say the...
Half of UTCs now rated 'inadequate' or 'requires improvement'
More than half of university technical colleges (UTC) visited by Ofsted have been rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” compared with 10 per cent of schools overall. UTC Swindon,...
Private school closes 9 days early for Easter due to cashflow issues
A private school bought by the founder of a collapsed academy chain has told parents it will close more than a week early for Easter because it is...
Pupils moved in GCSE year from maintained schools as much as MATs
In some schools, 10 per cent of pupils leave before their GCSEs. Headteachers blame transient populations; academy critics say it is to boost exam results. Schools Week looks...
Revealed: RSC offered academy trust a deal to limit 'reputational damage'
A schools commissioner offered a troubled academy trust a “sweetheart deal” to quietly shift its schools to avoid information about its failings being made public. Jennifer Bexon-Smith (pictured),...
Academy CEO pay: Salaries soar, but who comes out on top?
Our annual analysis of chief executive pay in the largest academy chains once again reveals a huge disparity in the salary of chief executives and the size of...
EPI report: National Funding Formula shifts cash away from poorest schools, and 5 other findings
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has today published the first comprehensive review of the consequences of the government’s national funding formula. The report reveals difficult truths for ministers,...