Schools

Details of schools’ £1.5m cost-cutting success story withheld

School board minutes suggest staff cuts were behind savings

James Carr
James Carr
SATs, Schools

Markers locked out of Capita’s SATs webinar

The firm has apologised after teachers were left waiting for hours

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Covid, Schools

Another procurement legal row emerges as DfE ‘under stress’

At least three major outsourcing contracts from the DfE have been at the centre of legal challenges

Samantha Booth
Samantha Booth
Exams

AQA says GCSE biology advance info was accurate after complaints

Pupils claimed on Twitter that they had been provided with the wrong information

James Carr
James Carr
Academies, Politics

Zahawi under fire over ‘misleading’ academy claims

Education secretary faces calls to ‘correct the record’ in Parliament after officials admit academy comparisons could mislead

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Politics

Not enough desks as DfE staff ordered back to crowded offices

Whole teams turned away from workplaces as government push to end home-working backfires

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker


Teacher training

Top-grade uni among victims in savage first ITT review round

Snub ‘perplexes’ first university to get new Ofsted ‘outstanding’ as others recently rated ‘good’ also left out

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
SEND

Birmingham SEND caseloads hit over 500 children per worker

Commissioner’s damning report shows ‘dire’ state of SEND provision, but also points the finger at government

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

Schools Week mental health investigation longlisted for top journalism award

Eight-page special on the CAMHS crisis is in the running for the Paul Foot award for investigative and campaigning…

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Exams

Students warned over hoax exam papers for sale

GCSE and A-level exams began this week

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies, Politics

DfE to correct academy claims after stats watchdog slapdown

Statistics regulator warns over ‘transparency, quality and replicability’ of data in ‘case for a fully trust-led system’ document

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

Non-white candidates less likely to get into teacher training

Acceptance rates are 21 percentage points lower for black applicants than their white counterparts

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker

Must read

Covid

DfE threatened with legal action over ‘unlawful’ Covid attendance rules

The government is being threatened with legal action if it fails to update attendance guidance for vulnerable children and…

James Carr
James Carr
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department…

Tom Belger
Tom Belger