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Union demands say in teacher apprenticeships to avoid 'exploitation'
Union leaders are demanding more of a say in the development of a new teaching apprenticeship to ensure it’s not “exploited” by cash-strapped schools. Mary Bousted, the general...
Union leaders spurn NEU's merger call
Education unions are not queuing up to join the National Education Union, the new teacher union created by a merger of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and...
Ministers urged to clamp down on all-powerful academy CEOs
Ministers have been urged to clamp down on over-powerful academy bosses after an investigation found one chief executive sacked the trust chair who suspended him. Ian Cleland, chief...
Greening heralds £2.4bn school capital funding, but money isn't new
The Department for Education has outlined how it will spend £2.4 billion in school capital funding in the coming years, but has confirmed that none of the investment...
School 'terrifically proud' of pupil who designed new £1 coin two years ago
A pupil encouraged by a teacher to enter a competition to design the new pound coin says he will be keeping his achievement “as quiet as possible” when...
Disastrous' change in teaching training causes 7% drop in numbers
The government’s “disastrous” changes to how universities and other teacher training providers offer places led to a 7 per cent drop last year in the number of applicants...
Pupils to book lessons via app at new studio school
An unconventional 14 to 19 school with an eight-hour day, no homework and a system that allows pupils to use their laptops to book extra lessons will open...
Bolton Wanderers Free School under fire over promises in DfE application forms
The closing Bolton Wanderers Free School (BWFS) is facing more scrutiny after promises in its original application appear not to have been fulfilled and “supporters” distance themselves from...
Parents 'must pay' for sports teams at Kent school
A Kent headteacher has told parents they will need to pay for their child to be part of the school’s sports team due to budget cuts. Lee Hunter,...
Ofqual omits 'strong' grade from new GCSE guidance
The exams regulator Ofqual has written to schools about proposed changes to new GCSE grades, but has left details of the government’s new “standard” and “strong” passes off...
School performance tracker RAISEonline to be scrapped in July
The Department for Education will scrap its RAISEonline programme used by schools to compare performance data in favour of a new, as yet unnamed, system later this year....