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Government urged to show it 'has teeth' as academy scandals stack up
The government has been urged to show it has the “teeth” to deal with people implicated in major academy finance scandals. Several instances of financial “impropriety” at the...
EEF: New trials include ban on grading pupils' work
Four new trials have won grant funding from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), including a trial to test whether GCSE grades can be boosted by not grading work....
'Widening gap' between London and rest of country in language GCSEs, warns report
A widening gap is emerging in the take-up of language GCSEs between pupils in London and the rest of the country, a new report has warned. London is...
Minister expected to oversee relationships education reform opposed same-sex marriage
The new minister expected to be in charge of reforms to sex and relationships education opposes same-sex marriage and voted against its legalisation, it has emerged. Robert Goodwill,...
2017 exams: Progress 8 driving drop in languages, and 4 more findings
Ofqual has today published figures revealing the number of entries into summer GCSE and A-level exams this year. The figures showed the overall entries to GCSEs had risen...
Entries to EBacc subjects peak as fewer pupils take creative subjects
Entries to EBacc subjects have increased by almost 10 per cent as entries to non-EBacc subjects have dropped. In 2017, there were 3.85 million entries for the EBacc...
AS-level exam entries plunge by 42% after government reforms
The number of AS-levels entries has plunged as the effect of the government’s A-level overhaul starts to show. Ofqual has today published the summer 2017 GCSE and A-level...
Removal of iGCSEs from league tables prompts surge in English GCSE entries
The removal of iGCSEs from league tables has boosted the number of entries into English language and literature GCSEs by around 50 per cent, new figures show. Ofqual...
Ofsted reveals plan to give schools up to 15 days' notice of inspections
Schools could be given up to 15 days to prepare for follow-up Ofsted visits under proposed changes to new short inspections. The watchdog has launched a consultation on...
Angela Rayner stays as shadow education secretary in Labour reshuffle
Angela Rayner will stay on as shadow education secretary, it has been announced this evening. Rayner tweeted that she is “extremely happy” to remain in the role, which she...
Hold open tenders for school takeovers to boost RSC transparency, think tank urges
An open bidding process should be introduced for school takeovers to combat the secrecy and occasionally poor choices made by schools commissioners, a new report has urged. Currently...