News

Councils must estimate free school pupil numbers under funding change
Local authorities will now have to estimate how many pupils move to certain free schools opening in their area under changes to how the government recoups funding. Under...
Academy trusts told to avoid isolated academies
The government has issued its firmest statement yet that trusts should avoid running geographically isolated schools, raising serious questions over who will operate the far-flung academies that nobody...
Roger Taylor appointed as new chair of exams regulator Ofqual
Former journalist and Careers and Enterprise Company adviser Roger Taylor will replace Amanda Spielman as the chair of the exams regulator Ofqual, it has been announced. Justine Greening,...
Ofsted: Greenwood Academies Trust has 'let down pupils'
One of England’s largest multi-academy trusts has been warned it has “let down pupils over a number of years” after a focused inspection of six of its schools...
Councils face £600m blackhole in special needs funding
More than half a billion pounds must be found by 2025 to top up an already unsustainable special needs budget and fund an “unprecedented” demand of pupils with...
Half of new special free schools specialise in autism
Autism-specific schools make up almost half of all special needs free schools. The “more complex” requirements of autistic pupils compared with other special needs have led to high...
Schools struggle as autism diagnoses rise 25 per cent
Schools are “struggling” to provide for autistic pupils following a 25 per cent increase in autism diagnoses in the past four years, according to government data and local...
Christmas appeal: literacy charity Hackney Pirates needs help to get shipshape again
Schools Week is making a Christmas appeal for our readers to help an education charity that was left “shipwrecked” after a car crash destroyed its boat-themed building. Hackney...
DfE had agreement to share pupil nationality data with Home Office
The Department for Education (DfE) did have an agreement in place to share pupil nationality data with the Home Office for immigration purposes, Schools Week can exclusively reveal....
Ofsted to scrutinise governors' commitment after report found many lack expertise to challenge heads
Ofsted will keep tabs on governors not committed to their roles after the watchdog found many lack the expertise to hold school leaders to account. The watchdog published...
Exam re-mark requests plummet after Ofqual reforms
The number of exam grades that were changed after being re-marked has dropped by 25 per cent this year, with fewer schools and pupils also requesting reviews following...