Alix Robertson

  • Special-school closure will leave pupils with 45-mile commute

    Staff and pupils from a special school in Cambridgeshire will have to travel 45 miles to a new location if plans to close their current site are approved. The TBAP multi-academy trust wants to close the Unity Academy – Fenland in Wisbech, which has just 24 pupils, and transfer them to another site it owns

    5.00 Mar. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Central Devon Academy and North Devon Academy threatened with re-brokerage to new sponsor

    The Department for Education has threatened to rebroker Central Devon Academy and North Devon Academy, two alternative provision schools run by the multi academy trust SchoolsCompany, to another sponsor. Lisa Mannall, regional schools commissioner for the south-west, issued a termination warning notice to both academies on February 16, warning that their funding agreements may be terminated

    18.25 Mar. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Policy Exchange asks MATs to provide curriculum resources

    Inadequate teaching materials are holding pupils in England back and increasing teachers’ workload, a right-leaning think tank with close links to the government has said. A report by Policy Exchange, an organisation founded by the former education secretary Michael Gove and ex-skills minister Nick Boles, found teachers rely too heavily on unregulated free online resource banks,

    0.01 Mar. 9th, 2018 | News

  • International Women's Day: NEU demands action on teaching gender pay gap

    The country’s largest education union has demanded action to make teaching a “genuinely equal” profession for women. To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, the National Education Union has challenged the government to address the fact that while teaching is a predominantly female job, women teachers are still paid less on average than men,

    0.01 Mar. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Faith leaders and politicians write to Damian Hinds about faith cap

    Faith leaders, politicians and education experts have signed a joint letter asking the education secretary to reconsider his plans to remove the 50-per-cent cap on faith-based admissions to over-subscribed free schools. The letter, which argues that the “divisive policy” is a threat to “social cohesion and respect”, is backed by 71 signatories, including former Archbishop

    12.31 Mar. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Headteachers Roundtable Summit 2018: Be bold, stay ethical and keep learning at the heart of solutions

    Insufficient funding, excessive accountability, poor teacher retention and limited school autonomy were the core issues which 200 heads tackled last Friday at the second Headteachers Roundtable. The 2018 summit kicked off with opening remarks by the chair, Stephen Tierney, followed by Schools Week’s very own Laura McInerney, who grilled Robert Halfon on his recent work

    7.00 Mar. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Unions clash with big-spending single-school trust

    An academy trust in Manchester will hold last-ditch talks with unions after staff at its only school passed a vote of no confidence in trustees and threatened to go on strike. The contretemps between staff at Parrs Wood High School in East Didsbury and bosses at its sponsor, the Greater Manchester Learning Trust, began after

    5.00 Mar. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Devon's Bay Education Trust hit with financial notice to improve

    A Devon-based multi academy trust has been handed a financial notice to improve by the Education and Skills Funding agency. Bay Education Trust has had many of its spending powers suspended, and has been warned it faces closure if it does not address concerns about its financial management. The notice was issued because the trust had

    16.11 Mar. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Postcode lottery of pupil absence fines revealed

    Local councils are collecting as little as 25 per cent of the fines they issue for children’s unauthorised absences from school, a Schools Week investigation has revealed. Some even choose to forgive the fines if attendance improved after they were issued, or if they feel the charge will be detrimental to the family. All 153

    5.00 Mar. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Arts-focused teacher development fund open for applications

    Schools can benefit from up to £150,000 in grant funding to boost arts-based teaching through partnerships with cultural organisations using the Teacher Development Fund. The fund, run by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant-making organisation, is accepting applications from schools until March 23. Applications that support disadvantaged pupils and show potential for effective collaboration

    5.00 Feb. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Secretive private school warning notices published for the first time

    The Department for Education has finally published the warning notices it issued to underperforming private schools, over two years after a Schools Week campaign first pressed to make the information public. Nine notices issued in September and October 2017 were published today. They reveal how each school failed to meet national standards for education, safeguarding, governance and

    15.21 Feb. 22nd, 2018 | News