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Sports premium to double – but too late for many schools’ budgets
The PE and sports premium will double from September, Justine Greening has confirmed, but primary heads believe it will leave them scrabbling to reorganise their budgets in the...
Experienced teachers less likely to trust Ofsted, and five more attitude survey findings
Teachers are less likely to trust Ofsted the longer they have worked in schools, a new survey has found. The annual Ofsted attitude teacher survey, published today, also...
Temporary RSC waves through 21 academy conversions (with just 2 board members)
A regional schools commissioner who temporarily stepped in to preside over another area has agreed 21 academy conversions and approved the opening of a new sixth form at...
How schools can develop a strong curriculum
Ofsted recently announced it will introduce a new focus on how schools plan their curriculum. We look at what the watchdog has said so far, how inspectors have...
Children do better if their family attends parents' evenings
Pupils score three points higher in verbal reasoning tests if they have a parent who attends parents’ evenings, research has found. Children whose parents never read to them...
Performance-related pay costs too much for excellent schools, says CEO
Headteachers in the best schools can be “disincentivised” to strive for top grades because they do not have enough funding to afford the performance-related pay bonuses staff would...
£1.3bn extra funding is 'just a sticking plaster', MPs warn
The government stands accused of offering schools a “sticking plaster” by “robbing Peter to pay Paul” after it announced an extra £1.3 billion in revenue funding for schools,...
Free schools and healthy pupil scheme suffer under £1.3 billion funding boost
The education secretary has pledged to deliver free schools in a more “cost-effective” manner so she can divert savings to increase school funding. School improvement funding and the...
Justine Greening pledges additional £1.3 billion for school funding
Justine Greening has announced £1.3 billion of additional funding for schools over the next two years – promising to maintain per-pupil funding in real terms until 2019-20. Addressing...
Lucy Powell joins two teachers in education committee line-up
The former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has been elected to serve on the education select committee alongside two former teachers. Powell tweeted on Saturday that she was...
Homework contracts raise standards, report claims
Schools should establish homework contracts with parents to set out everyone’s responsibilities in making sure it gets done, according to a new report. Pupils with parents who make...