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EBacc 'increases arts subject entries' but teacher numbers fall
The EBacc has prompted a rise in pupils taking at least one arts subject at GCSE – but the number of teachers and contact hours dedicated to those subjects have...
Greater Manchester is seventh UTC to announce closure
The Greater Manchester University Technical College (UTC) will close at the end of this year, becoming the seventh of the institutions to shut its doors as a result...
RSC Vicky Beer resigns to head new academy trust
Vicky Beer, regional schools commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, is stepping down after less than a year and a half in post to head up a new...
Robots should replace school receptionists, claims think tank
Robots should replace hundreds of workers at the Department for Education, a think tank has suggested, claiming the government is over-staffed with a “frozen middle” of managers unable...
Schools call on MPs to fight 'grossly unfair' Progress 8
School leaders want MPs to fight the government’s “grossly unfair and discriminatory” Progress 8 measure that will award three times more points to pupils moving between top grades...
Department for Education indefinitely delays move to new offices
The Department for Education’s plan to save £19 million a year by moving offices has been indefinitely postponed, Schools Week has learned. The move was proposed in 2014...
More multi-academy trusts naming their own feeder primaries
Multi-academy leaders are more frequently naming primary schools within their trust as feeder schools for their secondaries, despite little evidence of any strong “links”. In its annual report,...
Top DfE civil servant blames poor communication for an accounting blunder
The Department for Education’s top civil servant has admitted that better communication could have solved an administrative error that led to it being the only department hauled in...
'Great teaching is the opposite of what you learn in training'
The Department for Education’s former teacher in residence has claimed excellent teaching is the “direct opposite” of what he was taught during teacher training – criticising teachers who...
Two-year visa migrant teachers ease recruitment crisis
Schools are increasingly opting to employ migrant teachers on strict two year-only visas. The government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its “review of teachers” report last week calling...
School tells staff to switch off 'non-essential' lights to save money
A school has told staff to “switch off non-essential” lights – even when pupils are in school – to save money. A primary school in the north of...