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Wakefield trust walkout leaves special measures school in six-year limbo
A second trust given a slice of £5 million northern academy hub funding has walked away from a school in special measures – meaning it has now been...
Most council-maintained schools shouldn't pay apprenticeship levy, ministers claim
Ministers have slapped down the Local Government Association (LGA) over calls for small schools to be “exempt” from the apprenticeship levy, claiming most should not have to pay...
School places left out of plans for garden villages
Tens of thousands of homes are to be built in new self-sufficient “garden villages” and towns across England, but the announcement has prompted questions about school places. The...
Identifying Trojan Horse witnesses would put off future whistleblowers, warns union
Teachers would be discouraged from coming forward to blow the whistle on wrongdoing in schools if the government breaks a promise to give Trojan Horse witnesses anonymity, a...
School improvement 'failing' at University of Chester Academies Trust, says Ofsted
A university-backed academy trust has been criticised by Ofsted for failing in its school improvement strategies and “below average” standards in some of its schools. Ofsted has warned...
English teachers finally get research journal access similar to Scots
Teachers in England will finally be able to dodge hefty paywalls to use education research journals when the Chartered College of Teaching opens to members later this month....
Schools should teach all pupils 'digital citizenship', says children's commissioner
Schools should teach ‘digital citizenship’ to all pupils aged four to 14 to help keep them safe online, the children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has said. In a report...
Christian schools claim Ofsted used them as 'soft target' after 'inadequate' judgments
A network of independent Christian schools which teach creationism claim they were used as a “soft target” by Ofsted after nine of their schools were inspected and downgraded. Ten...
Schools warned over cold-calling 'ransomware' scam
Fraudsters posing as government officials are contacting schools in attempts to hold important computer files to ransom, police have said. Action Fraud has issued an alert following “numerous...
New Year's Honours 2017: Medals go to 5 headteacher board members
Five members of the government’s influential ‘headteacher boards’ which advise regional schools commissioners have been recognised in the new year’s honours list. The proportion of medals handed to...
Most-read opinion pieces of 2016
Here’s a countdown of the most popular opinion pieces from 2016, as voted by you, the reader. (Minus the top 10 “explainers” which you can read separately.) 10. D&T departments...