Alix Robertson

  • Church academy warned over finances

    A Church of England academy in Pontefract has been served with a financial notice to improve, after failing to balance its books. St Giles Church of England Academy, which is a single-academy trust, received an “intervention visit” from the Education and Skills Funding Agency in May, to investigate concerns about its financial statements for 2016-17. The

    17.18 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • GMB: Ark's wealthy donors should bail out their struggling school

    Wealthy supporters of one of England’s largest academy trusts should dip into their own pockets to help a struggling school avert 38 job losses, a union has said. The GMB union – which represents school support staff – has urged Ark Schools to call off redundancy proposals at Burlington Danes Academy in Shepherds Bush in London.

    17.23 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • How to run a good teacher mentoring programme

    Does your school offer mentoring to staff? What difference does it make? A panel at this year’s Festival of Education chaired by Catt Scutt, the director of education and research at the Chartered College of Teaching, discussed how to set up an effective mentoring scheme, and whether it could be the “key” to improving teaching

    7.00 Jun. 30th, 2018 | Feature, News

  • Healthy schools initiative has 'come to a halt'

    Delays to the launch of the government’s proposed healthy schools rating scheme have left schools “in the lurch”, according to children’s health charities. The scheme was first mooted in the government’s childhood obesity action plan in 2016, and had been supposed to be up and running in schools by last September. But ministers say delivery

    7.00 Jul. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Major MAT Progress 8 scores tumble when accounting for ex-pupils

    The progress scores of major multi-academy trusts including Harris Federation, Outwood Grange and Delta all drop off if they include pupils who leave before the end of year 11. Researchers at Education Datalab have “reweighted” the performance data of the 62 trusts in MAT league tables last year to include the GCSE results of pupils

    5.00 Jun. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Governors 'must have mandatory pre-appointment training'

    Governors should be required to have “pre-appointment training” before they sit on school boards, paid for by the government, so they’re not forced to learn on the job. New board members sometimes take up to 12 months before they can be effective due to a total absence of training, Jo Penn, a national leader of

    16.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Teachers ARE motivated by pay, research shows

    The idea that teachers are not motivated by pay is misleading and not backed by evidence, according to a leading researcher. In fact, teachers with degrees that could let them earn more money in another job are more likely to leave the profession, Sam Sims, a researcher at Education Datalab (pictured below), has found. His

    15.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Teachers are entering and leaving the job at the same rate – and other school workforce findings

    The Department for Education published the 2017 school workforce census figures this morning. Schools Week has the key findings: 1. Teacher recruitment and retention has reached ‘one-in one-out’ The same proportion of teachers are now entering the profession as leaving it. The number of full-time, qualified teachers entering teaching in state schools has fallen since 2015,

    10.43 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • A third of state schools allow pupils to opt out of languages in year 9

    Over a third of state schools now allow pupils to opt out of studying a language in year 9, a new report has revealed. In fact, 34.5 per cent of state schools are not teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) to entire groups of students at that level, up from 29 per cent in 2017 and

    0.01 Jun. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Adopted children need better support at school

    Schools should give teachers more training to help pupils who have experienced trauma, a leading charity has said, after a survey found almost three quarters of adopted children want more support from their schools. Adoption UK wants a new continuing professional development programme to help teachers support adopted pupils, and says schools should appoint a designated governor

    23.59 Jun. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Government plans a review of children's physical activity at school

    Schools’ efforts to engage their least active pupils in physical activities will be reviewed by the government as it embarks on the second phase of its childhood obesity plan. The first phase, published in 2016, promised a ‘healthy schools’ rating scheme for primaries, and a new interactive online tool to help schools plan at least 30 minutes of

    19.12 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News