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English A-level applications drop 35% due to new 'harder' GCSEs
Schools and colleges are bracing themselves for a “significant” drop in English and maths A-level entries this year as pupils are put off by “tougher” GCSEs. English looks...
Long-awaited DfE board minutes 'fail to set example' on transparency
The Department for Education (DfE) has been accused of “failing to lead by example” on school transparency after publishing concise board meeting minutes up to two years late....
Half of heads unaware of National Reference Test, and 5 more findings from Ofqual perception data
The exams regulator Ofqual has today released the results of its annual survey on the perception of GCSEs, A-levels, and other qualifications in England. Over 2,000 people were...
Ofsted launches official 'good' logo in policy U-turn
Ofsted has launched a new “good” logo for schools to display on their websites and in literature – just seven months after vowing to clamp down on schools...
Union boss backs Corbyn's free meals policy, but demands more school funding
The leader of England’s largest teachers’ union has backed plans by the Labour Party to give free school meals to all primary pupils, but has demanded an additional...
Jon Platt loses landmark term-time holiday legal challenge
A parent has lost a landmark case in the Supreme Court that he should be allowed to take his daughter on holiday during term-time, with parents now required to...
Schools have 12 months to publish gender pay gap statistics
New rules requiring academy trusts and schools with more than 250 workers to publish their gender pay gap statistics kick in today. Employers that fall under the new...
Corbyn: I'll tax private school fees to fund free meals for primary pupils
Jeremy Corbyn will announce tomorrow that a Labour government would extend universal free school meals to all primary school pupils, and charge parents VAT on private school fees...
Church of England school backs down on proposal for 75% faith places at free school
A Church of England school is consulting on opening a free school which would break the 50 per cent cap on religious places – but said its website...
UTC that 'knocked pupils' aspirations' put in special measures
A university technical college (UTC) that knocked the confidence and aspirations of pupils after putting them on the wrong courses has been placed in special measures. Ofsted rated...
Baseline provider 'surprised' at DfE preference for formal reception test
Early Excellence, the popular baseline assessment provider whose observation-based model was favoured by 70 per cent of primary schools, is “surprised” by the government’s preference for a test-based...