Alix Robertson

  • Revealed: The top 10 schools in the country for progress 8

    Three schools belonging to the Star Academies trust featured in the top ten schools in the country for progress 8, provisional data has shown. They included the top-of-the-table Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School, which posted a progress 8 score of 1.91. That means every pupil at the school achieved, on average, nearly two grades higher

    7.00 Oct. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Academy trust looks to Spotify and Netflix for autonomy inspiration

    A lauded academy trust is looking to entertainment giants Spotify and Netflix to develop a new “aligned autonomy” model that moves away from a “no-interference” approach to its high-performing schools. Luke Sparkes, executive principal of Dixons Academies Trust, outlined the trust’s new approach in a speech at the launch of the Confederation of School Trusts

    5.00 Oct. 19th, 2018 | News

  • DfE 'minded to terminate' funding of Steiner Academy Exeter

    A Steiner Academy in Exeter has been warned by the government that it is at risk of having its funding terminated due to significant concerns about safeguarding, which led to the school being temporarily closed after a recent Ofsted visit. The government has today published a ‘minded to terminate’ warning notice that was issued to

    18.22 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Attainment 8 and progress 8: Which regions performed best?

    Today the government has released the provisional GCSE results in England for 2017-18, which reveal the attainment 8 and progress 8 scores across the country. The lowest average attainment 8 score per pupil in England’s state funded schools was 35.2 this year, in Knowsley, a borough in Merseyside, while the highest was 58.0 in Sutton, London (excluding

    12.30 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • A-level results 2018: Scores stable, but fewer students get top grades

    The average point score per entry for A-levels, as a grade, remained stable at C+ this year, but the proportion of students getting the top grades fell, according to provisional data released today by the Department for Education. As a number the average point score this year was slightly higher at 33.05, compared to 32.12 in

    11.30 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Warning over future of education research as number of postgrad students drops 10%

    The “long term health” of education research in the UK is under threat by a decline in the number of people opting to become researchers in the field, a new study shows. The Royal Society found there has been a 10 per cent drop in the number of education postgraduate research students between 2011-12 and

    0.02 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Minister's £340k free schools flop revealed

    A trust set up by a Conservative peer and former policy supremo of David Cameron was handed £340,000 for two free school projects that never even got off the ground. The Floreat Education Academies Trust, founded by the now health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy, received the cash to set up new primary schools in London

    5.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Leaders should lift admin burden off staff, says academy trust boss

    Multi-academy trust leaders must be prepared to make “ambitious and bold” changes to drive improvement, and should avoid burdening teachers with bureaucracy, according to the founder of a chain regularly praised by ministers. In a rare public intervention, Mufti Hamid Patel, chief executive of Star Academies chastised schools that defend curriculums that don’t deliver results

    18.42 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Hinds wants school leaders' ideas to improve MAT assessment

    Education secretary Damian Hinds has called on school leaders to come forward with their views on how to better hold multi-academy trusts to account, in a speech at the launch event of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) today. Hinds said that he does not have “a preconceived idea” about how to change the current

    12.46 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Spielman to reveal new inspection judgment headings

    Amanda Spielman will today announce planned new inspection judgment headings, as she suggests some teachers have been reduced to “data managers”. According to the BBC, Spielman will tell the Schools NorthEast summit that the current inspection model has led to “excessive workload” in some schools. She will set out plans to replace the current “pupils

    8.16 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Supportive letters boost national leader of education applications, study finds

    School leaders who receive a letter of encouragement are more likely to both apply and get accepted to become a national leader of education, according to new research. A new study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), commissioned by the Department for Education, ran a trial scheme where school leaders were sent letters encouraging them

    19.21 Oct. 10th, 2018 | News