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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...
Council education boss appointed new RSC for East Midlands and Humber
A council education director has been named as the new regional schools commissioner for the East Midlands and the Humber. John Edwards, director of education and skills at...
Delayed review of older teachers requests extra evidence
A government review on the implications of teachers working until their late 60s wants to gather more evidence – despite being published a year late. The Department for...
Wealthy academy sponsors safeguard school trips amid funding squeeze
Donations from wealthy sponsors are helping academy trusts to safeguard school trips, breakfast clubs and sports competitions as other schools are forced to axe provision as the funding...
Hundreds of schools use Uber-style apps to hire supply teachers
Hundreds of schools are using apps to employ supply teachers in a bid to cut out crippling recruitment agency fees. But they should be “cautious” about using the...
National College no longer approves teacher training providers
The government has stripped more powers from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, telling schools to submit requests to become a teacher training provider directly to the...
Private special school places cost £480 million per year
A lack of state-funded places is forcing councils to spend hundreds of millions of pounds to send pupils to independent special schools. Councils sent up to triple the...
School cancels Friday afternoon classes to run scouts club
A Surrey primary school has cancelled Friday afternoon lessons in favour of running a scouts club, using school funds to cover the Scout Association’s yearly membership fees. Weyfield...
Schools to get £215m funding for SEND adaptations
Schools in England will split a new £215 million funding pot to adapt their premises for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, the government has announced. The Department...