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Controversial superhead Liam Nolan takes the helm at new school
A controversial “superhead” who resigned from an academy trust last year after a government probe found significant financial irregularities has been appointed headteacher of a new school. According...
Rate of permanent exclusions increases for second year in a row
The proportion of pupils permanently excluded from school has risen, government data shows. Statistics released by the Department for Education show that 0.08 per cent of pupils in...
Half of permanently excluded pupils have a mental illness, report finds
Half of all pupils who are permanently excluded by their school have mental health issues, though the figure is likely to be “closer to 100 per cent” because...
9 key findings from the DfE's accounts: Bonuses, £200k pay-offs, and rising PFI debts
The Department for Education has published its annual accounts for 2016-17. Schools Week has the key findings:   1. Former edu sec Nicky Morgan got a £17k pay...
Heads told to expect end to 'secure fit' writing test model from 2017-18
Headteachers across England have been advised to anticipate an end to the current “secure fit” model for teacher assessments of writing from 2017-18, Schools Week has learned. The...
DfE doubles funding for German language exchange programme
The Department for Education has pledged to double its funding for a joint programme with the German government which aims to encourage pupils to learn the German language....
Schools convert for cash, and 11 other academy trust survey findings
The government has today published its academy trust survey for 2017. It analyses responses from 326 multi-academy trusts and 543 single-academy trusts, covering issues from why they converted,...
DfE writes off £500k loss on defunct Lilac Sky academy trust
The government has written off more than £500,000 it is owed by the now defunct Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust. The trust is in the process of being...
Overdue debts double, and 4 other interesting things from the EFA's annual accounts
The Education Funding Agency has published its annual report and accounts. Here are some of the more interesting findings… 1. Overdue debts double in a year The value...
Most teachers and parents fear EBacc could narrow curriculum
More than two thirds of respondents to the DfE’s consultation on the English Baccalaureate are worried that schools will be unable to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum as...
Technical tweak means EBacc target is actually delayed by SEVEN years
A technical change to the government’s target for the proportion of pupils studying the EBacc subjects means that ministers are actually delaying their own ambitions for the measure...