Alix Robertson

  • Troubled UCAT trust to shed four schools after finances warning

    Four schools run by the troubled University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) will be rebrokered to new sponsors following the intervention of a government schools commissioner. Christine Quinn, the regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands, has “agreed with the trust to initially rebroker four schools” in order to “release capacity”, according to a parliamentary written

    12.07 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • PISA gender report ‘reinforces stereotypes’

    A major international report blaming girls’ lack of self-confidence in maths as the main reason for their weaker results – without examining other possible causes – has been criticised for its “outdated” views. The 2015 OECD gender report, which uses PISA data from the same year, reproduced gender stereotypes of “helpless girls” and “and self-orienting

    2.09 May. 25th, 2018 | News

  • AS entries fall by 60 per cent

    AS-level entries continued to plummet this year, continuing a trend triggered by reforms which mean AS-levels no longer count towards pupils final grades. AS entries fell by 60 per cent compared to 2017, having fallen by 42 per cent between 2016 and 2017 –  the first year where new reformed subjects no longer counted. A-level entries also decreased

    10.49 May. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Art & Design GCSE entries stay strong in face of EBacc

    Fewer pupils have been entered for non-EBacc subjects this year, except in art and design which has bucked the decline and increased by two per cent. Official government figures released this morning also show entries to EBacc subjects have soared, especially in the sciences. A larger cohort of pupils means there are more overall GCSE entries

    10.33 May. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Schools need official guidance on pupils' social media safety

    An international anti-bullying charity has demanded better guidance for schools on keeping children safe on social media. Sue Jones, global deputy chief executive officer of charity Ditch the Label, said her organisation is “constantly” contacted by teachers asking for more help, and wants the Department for Education to publish more advice. She told the parliamentary science

    15.18 May. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Robert Halfon proposes bill to expand Social Mobility Commission powers

    A new law that would give greater powers and resources to the Social Mobility Commission will be proposed by Robert Halfon, chair of the parliamentary education committee in the House of Commons tomorrow. The bill is backed by the MPs on the committee, who published a report on the social mobility commission in March. They are

    14.23 May. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Diocese blocks secular trust takeover bid

    A secular multi-academy trust has been blocked by a local diocese from taking over two Church of England primary schools, one of which is now set to close. The South Farnham Educational Trust (SFET), which runs three ‘outstanding’ primary schools, was rejected by the diocese of Guildford to take over the ‘inadequate’ Ripley CofE Primary

    7.00 May. 20th, 2018 | News

  • PE apprenticeships solve Kent schools’ levy woes

    Primary schools in Kent have found an effective way to make the most of the apprenticeship levy by taking apprentices on to support the delivery of PE lessons and sports clubs. From last April, employers with an annual payroll of more than £3 million have to pay 0.5 per cent into the apprenticeship levy, which

    5.00 May. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Amanda Spielman's Ofsted moves away from 'male-dominated' culture

    Ofsted’s next inspection framework will promote a more “collaborative” approach to leadership, in a move away from the “male-dominated” culture of the watchdog’s past, a senior inspector has said. According to Gill Jones, Ofsted’s deputy director for early education, Amanda Spielman has sought to steer the organisation’s approach to rating school leadership away from the legacy

    13.26 May. 18th, 2018 | News

  • DfE sets up 'online safety working group' to advise schools

    Schools will get guidance and support on how to keep their pupils safe online from a new online safety working group established by the Department for Education. The proposal is one of the outcomes of a consultation launched by the government at the end of last year to update its ‘Keeping children safe in education’ guidance (KCSIE)

    14.58 May. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Minister: It's 'not impossible' for schools to meet apprentice hiring targets

    It is “not impossible” for schools to meet apprentice recruitment targets, but they may need extra help, the skills minister said today. Anne Milton insisted to MPs that the public sector apprenticeship target – which requires public bodies to hire 2.3 per cent of their workforce as apprentices every year – is achievable for schools,

    13.03 May. 15th, 2018 | News