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Class sizes pushing 40 as cuts bite, union claims
Headteachers are being forced to increase class sizes to cope with funding pressures, with some leaders reporting they are now teaching pupils in classes of 40 or more. Of...
Progress 8 still too similar to old GCSE measure - and 5 other findings from EPI report
Progress 8 is only “slightly” better at assessing the performance of schools fairly, and still has flaws that need ironing out, a new report has claimed. The Education...
Grammar school taxis could cost £5k a pupil
Plans to fund free transport for disadvantaged pupils to grammar schools could leave councils and schools out of pocket, with one Oxfordshire councillor warning that the move could...
Low-attainers at partially selective schools do worse at GCSE, study finds
Pupils with low prior attainment at partially selective schools are less likely to achieve good GCSEs than those at non-selective schools, analysis by the National Foundation for Education...
Budget 2017: The 5 things schools need to know
The chancellor Philip Hammond has unveiled his spring budget in the House of Commons today. Most of the education announcements were released in advance, so there were few...
More heads consider resigning over funding cuts
More experienced headteachers are ready to resign over budget cuts that would “decimate” their schools, it was claimed today. Richard Slade, headteacher of Plumcroft Primary School, in Greenwich,...
Bolton Wanderers Free School to close
A free school set up by Bolton Wanderers Football Club will close at the end of this academic year, less than three years after it opened. Trustees of the...
Ofsted 'double inspection' pilot thwarted after inspectors ‘spoke frequently’
Ofsted had to beef up safeguards during its double inspection reliability study after inspectors, who were supposed to independently come to final judgments, were found to be discussing...
Spielman: Inspection reliability study is 'just first step' of Ofsted research push
Amanda Spielman has pledged to continue ‘inspecting the inspectors’ as part of a new Ofsted research drive after publishing a landmark reliability study. The education watchdog has this...
Budget 2017: Free transport for grammar schools up to 15 miles away
Disadvantaged pupils will be offered free transport to grammar schools up to 15 miles from their home under new government plans. The chancellor Philip Hammond is set to...
Budget 2017: £536m for refurbs and new free schools, but doubts over 500 target
More than £530 million will be set aside in this week’s budget to create new free schools and improve existing school buildings. But the announcement has raised questions about...