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Government consults on definition of 'ordinary working families'
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on proposals to officially label some pupils as coming from “ordinary working families”. The consultation, published today, proposes to collect...
Don’t risk children’s potential with grammar school expansion, Bousted warns
Justine Greening risks squandering the “talents and potential” of children and condemning them to a sense of self “undermined by failure and exclusion” with the expansion of selection...
Thousands of examiners’ personal details stolen in AQA cyber-attack
Tens of thousands of examiners have had their personal details hacked after the exam board AQA was victim to a cyber-attack. Data relating to 64,000 current and former...
ATL votes to explore boycott of primary tests
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has voted to explore a boycott of all primary assessment, despite the government’s recent concessions on key stage 1 SATs. Delegates at...
Grammar school among sponsors for 111 new free schools
The education secretary Justine Greening has approved 111 new free schools, including one sponsored by a grammar school and another by England’s largest state boarding school. Twenty councils...
111 new free schools: The complete list
Justine Greening has today announced the approval of 111 new free schools. For the full story, click here. Below is the full list of schools approved: East Midlands Buckton...
REAch2's spin-off academy trust renamed Astrea
A spin-off academy trust of one of the country’s largest chains has changed its name and appointed new members under a rebrand that cuts off any remaining ties...
Former university leader appointed new Ofsted chair
A former university vice-chancellor has been appointed as the new chair of education watchdog Ofsted. Professor Julius Weinberg will replace the current interim chair James Kempton, education secretary...
Teach safe sex to protect boys from cancer-causing HPV, says union
Boys are not being protected from the cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection because of a lack of medical intervention and guidance in schools, the Association of Teachers and...
New redundancy tactics for schools faced with tough decisions
Staff are going through interviews and graded assessments to decide who to make redundant, Schools Week has learnt. James Lynas, a partner at law firm Winckworth Sherwood, said...
Snapchat and Facebook make it easier for pupils to abuse each other, teachers warn
Teachers have warned that social media apps, such as Snapchat and Facebook, are making it easier for pupils to abuse each other, with mild insults escalating into “serious...