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Ofsted lodges last-minute appeal against High Court's Durand Academy ruling
Ofsted has launched a last-minute attempt to overturn a High Court decision to strike off its damning report into the controversial Durand Academy in London. The education watchdog lodged its...
Ofsted's Spielman examines book scrutiny in inspections
Ofsted is considering a new approach to book scrutiny, in which off-site inspectors will look at scanned versions of pupils’ books. The watchdog’s chief inspection Amanda Spielman gave...
Minister slams academics who won't engage with researchED
Schools minister Nick Gibb has slammed academics refusing to engage with researchED, an international project that aims to make teachers research-literate. Speaking at researchED’s fifth annual national conference...
56 learning projects win £20m from new schools fund
Fifty-six learning projects will receive £20 million in the first round of grants from the government’s new Strategic School Improvement Fund. They include schemes to improve progress in...
MP accuses government of breaking promises on school uniform costs
An MP has blasted the government in Parliament over the unreasonable price of school uniforms, accusing it of breaking its promise to take action against exorbitant costs. Sarah...
WCAT to give away all 21 of its schools
The Wakefield City Academies Trust is giving up all 21 of its schools, shocking staff, parents and pupils as the first term of the 2017-18 school year begins....
Councils pressured to place children in boarding schools instead of care
The government will lean on “reluctant” councils to place vulnerable children in boarding schools instead of costly residential care, an education minister has said. Officials will promote boarding...
Five new UTCs open after a spate of closures over the summer
Five new university technical colleges (UTCs) have opened their doors this month, including one that was so popular it had to increase capacity before it even opened. The...
Poor pupils eschew music and sports clubs for more core tuition
Poorer pupils are missing out on music and sports clubs because they have to spend more time trying to improve their maths and English, the Sutton Trust has...
Children prefer teachers who build relationships, research shows
Children studying in alternative provision favour teachers who they think teach well, according to new research, a perception which significantly contributes to in-class behaviour. Pupils were also found...
Revealed: The academy chains that shared £30m growth funding
Hundreds of academy chains that received a slice of a £30 million fund to help them expand have been named by the Department for Education. 350 academy chains...