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Government went 'hell for leather' on free schools, admits DfE top boss
The government went “hell for leather” and approved some free schools “a little bit fast” in the early days of the programme, the Department for Education’s top boss...
Rye Studio School to convert to sixth form
A one-time ‘Outstanding’ studio school for 14 to 19 year olds has announced it will convert to become a sixth form centre after its performance slumped. Rye Studio...
Teacher trainers blast DfE for hiding allocation data
The government is under fire for its “unprecedented” refusal to reveal the full allocations for next year’s initial teacher training (ITT), even though officials have had the information...
No decline in teacher's average A-levels, despite squeezed pay
New teachers have the same level of education as five years ago, despite recent squeezes on pay making the profession less attractive to new graduates. A new study by the...
Send us your schoolwork! Biggest study of grammar to help shape curriculum
The biggest-ever archive of pupils’ schoolwork is being collected as part of a three year-project looking at how children use language as they get older. Samples of writing...
Staff offered therapy to manage work pressure
An alternative provision multi-academy trust has extended student therapeutic services to staff to help them to manage the challenges and pressures of their work. Speaking at the WomenEd...
Rayner: Labour has 'will and vision' to improve education
Labour has the “political will and vision” to make England’s education system “the envy of the world”, the shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has said today, but school...
Lower 11-plus pass mark for poorer pupils, government tells grammars
A lower 11-plus test pass mark will be introduced for poorer pupils in a bid to make grammar schools more inclusive, but research suggests this could defeat the...
Staff and pupils 'exposed to asbestos' on more than 90 occasions
Asbestos has been disturbed at schools in a way that could affect the health of staff and pupils on at least 90 separate occasions in the last five...
Councils slash school crossing budgets - despite rising injuries
Councils across the country are slashing their school crossing patrol budgets despite growing pupil numbers and increasing child pedestrian injuries. About £2.5 million less was spent in the...
Dodgy asbestos surveys costing schools 'millions'
The government is buying up sites for free schools using out-of-date asbestos surveys, potentially costing the public purse millions of pounds each for costly refurbishments when the carcinogenic...