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Educational psychologists stripped from schools
A decline in the number of educational psychologists working with schools has prompted calls for a shake-up of funding. The number of educational psychologists employed by local authorities...
Basildon Academies trust issued fourth government warning
An academy trust dubbed one of the early “untouchables” has been issued with its fourth government warning notice. The Basildon Academies trust was handed a financial notice to...
Multi-academy trusts spend less on 'back office' but don't pay teachers more ... and 6 other EPI findings
Schools in multi-academy trusts spend less on “back office” costs and more on primary teaching staff, compared to standalone academies and local authority schools. Primary schools in multi-academy...
Treasury claws back £384m academy conversion funding
More than £380 million of a £600 million pot for building capacity in the academies system has been clawed back by the treasury. The BBC reported today that...
Black girls take the lead in STEM subjects
Black girls are the only ethnic group that outnumber their male peers taking science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) A-levels, research exclusively shared with Schools Week reveals. The...
Regional schools commissioner league tables 2014-15
After a six-month battle with the government, Schools Week has obtained the data used by ministers to assess the performance of the eight regional schools commissioners. The figures,...
Brooke Weston academy trust invests £1m in stocks
Entrepreneurial academy trusts are taking advantage of their cash freedoms to make six-figure profits by investing in stocks and shares, a Schools Week investigation has found. The Brooke...
Teaching apprenticeships: the new school direct?
Ministers are drawing up plans for an apprenticeship route into teaching that could replace current on-the-job training schemes, Schools Week has learned. Jonathan Slater (pictured), the Department for...
No council cash for new free schools in Manchester
Manchester City Council is refusing to budget for three of the four free schools due to open in the city this September. From this year, councils have to...
RSC performance measure quietly dropped
The government stopped judging regional commissioners on how many schools in their regions were in need of an academy trust after figures revealed far more sponsors were needed...
Brett Wigdortz to step down as Teach First chief executive
Teach First founder Brett Wigdortz will step down as chief executive of the teacher training charity at the end of October. Wigdortz founded Teach First 15 years ago...