Alix Robertson

  • Small school sixth form judicial review costs taxpayer £76,000

    A legal challenge brought against the Department for Education over the opening of a small-school sixth form has cost tax payers over £75,000. The case, which was settled out of court at the very last minute, ended with the DfE paying out £60,000 to cover the Association of Colleges’ costs – on top of the

    17.10 Aug. 21st, 2017 | News

  • A-levels 2017: Top science grades take a tumble

    There was a sharp fall in top grades for science A-levels this year, following significant reforms to their content. The proportion of A* and A grades awarded to 18-year-olds in England has dropped 2.3 percentage points in biology, 2 points in chemistry and 1.6 points in physics. Biology, chemistry and physics were among the 13

    12.33 Aug. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Headteachers struggling to find time for training

    Headteachers are missing out on training opportunities because of funding shortages and heavy workloads, according to research commissioned by the Department of Education. The study by CooperGibson Research found that very few leadership development courses are actually targeted at headteachers or executive headteachers. It also found that “budgetary constraints, workload at full capacity and staffing

    14.26 Aug. 16th, 2017 | News

  • New 'careers leader' apprenticeship for school staff proposed

    Middle leaders in schools could be trained to deliver careers advice through a proposed new apprenticeship. The teacher training charity Teach First has called for an “apprenticeship qualification” to give every school “a trained careers middle leader”. The role would involve developing and leading a “whole school strategy for careers and employability”, and the proposal

    16.57 Aug. 16th, 2017 | News

  • A-level maths is more useful for top university places than private school

    Taking maths at A-level is more helpful for landing a place at a Russell Group university than studying at a grammar or private school, research from University College London’s Institute of Education suggests. A new report on the relationship between a student’s A-level subject choices and the university they attend found that sitting maths was

    0.01 Aug. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Academy trust fights on to pick its own feeder schools

    A multi-academy trust will keep fighting to give pupils who attended its own primaries priority admission to its flagship west London secondary, despite legal setbacks. Aspirations Academies Trust has lost its court bid to maintain a controversial admissions policy that labelled two of its own primary academies as “feeders” for Rivers Academy in Feltham. Earlier

    13.05 Aug. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Pupils' interest in going to university falls to lowest level since 2009

    The proportion of school pupils who think they will go to university has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, a new poll reveals. According to an Ipsos Mori poll for the Sutton Trust, just under three quarters (74 per cent) of young people think that they are either very or fairly likely to go

    0.01 Aug. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Private school with £35,000 yearly fees looks for £3.50-an-hour apprentice to tend grounds

    A private school with annual fees of £35,000 is looking to take on a £3.50-an-hour apprentice to tend its grounds, in a move branded “a disgrace” by one of the UK’s largest trade unions for school support staff. Cheltenham College, an independent coeducational boarding school in Gloucestershire, advertised for an ‘apprentice groundsperson’ on the

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Three in four unable to access mental health support for pupils

    Three in four teachers feel unable to access support to tackle their pupils’ mental health issues, a survey teaching union NASUWT has shown. An upsurge of mental health issues in children has left schools struggling to access adequate support for a variety of issues including anxiety, panic attacks, depression and eating disorders. Only 24 per

    0.01 Apr. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Teachers want school asbestos removed by 2028

    Schools staff are being left in the dark about the presence of asbestos in their workplace, leaving them and their pupils at risk of exposure, a survey by the National Union of Teachers has revealed. An online survey by the union showed nearly 50 per cent of all respondents had not been told whether their

    0.01 Apr. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Staff offered therapy to manage work pressure

    An alternative provision multi-academy trust has extended student therapeutic services to staff to help them to manage the challenges and pressures of their work. Speaking at the WomenEd unconference event in London on Saturday, Sarah Hardy (pictured), executive head of the TBAP Teaching School Alliance, explained how the programme, which began in September, benefits staff.

    5.00 Mar. 12th, 2017 | News