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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...
Muslim Council defends church schools in admissions row
The Muslim Council of Britain has defended church schools’ record on the admission of Muslim pupils amid claims the schools are “not as inclusive as is claimed”. The...
Fact Check: Is Brent Council the 'first' to allow multi-belief assemblies?
Several national newspapers this week reported Brent Council as the first in Britain to allow multi-belief school assemblies in place of daily Christian worship – but Schools Week...
DfE funds £1m for Ofsted illegal schools taskforce
The government has committed a further £1 million to fund Ofsted’s team that investigates illegal schools, despite the watchdog still failing to bring a single prosecution against an...
Council launches investigation into benefits of private schools
A council is reviewing the community benefit of local private schools to decide if they deserve generous discounts in business rates. It is thought to be the first...
Sir Michael Wilshaw joins board of Education Policy Institute
Sir Michael Wilshaw has become a trustee at Education Policy Institute (EPI) following his departure from Ofsted at the end of last year. The former chief inspector has joined...
Pupils could get right to opt out of sex education
The “blanket right” of parents to withdraw their children from sex education lessons is being reviewed by the government as it is no longer consistent with English or international law....
Ofsted inspectors urged to crack down on schools 'off-rolling' pupils
Ofsted has urged its inspectors to crack down on schools found to be “off-rolling” pupils, suggesting those transferring large numbers of children before their Year 11 exams could...