Alix Robertson

  • School sixth form funding down 21% since 2010, IfS finds

    Funding for students in school sixth forms has plunged by 21 per cent since 2010–11, new research has found. Government funding for 16 to 18 year olds has been cut “much more sharply” than funding for pupils in pre-school, primary, secondary or higher education, according to the ‘2018 Annual Report on Education Spending in England’

    0.01 Sep. 17th, 2018 | News

  • DfE allowed trust to take on new schools despite serious financial problems

    The Department for Education (DfE) allowed an academy trust to take over two schools and approved bids for it to open two new free schools – despite it being £1 million in deficit and the government monitoring its finances. The TBAP multi-academy trust, which runs 11 alternative provision academies, was served with a financial notice

    5.00 Sep. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Education department property head on Future Academies board

    The head of the Department for Education’s property arm is also a director on the board of the trust founded by former academies minister Lord Nash, Schools Week has learned. Lara Newman, chief executive of LocatED – the company set up by the government to find and buy land for the free schools programme –

    7.00 Sep. 16th, 2018 | News

  • FLEECED: Are schools pulling the wool over parents’ eyes on uniform costs?

    An academy sponsor’s uniform supplier is charging nearly three times the price for blazers in its grammar school than in its non-selective schools, while a Schools Week investigation has also discovered one school selling branded ‘drama socks’ for nearly £5 a pair. Government guidance urges all schools not to use exclusive suppliers for school uniform

    7.00 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News

  • London secondary school hit with financial notice to improve over failure to balance budget

    A secondary school in Richmond upon Thames has been handed a financial notice to improve by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), after failing to set a balanced budget for 2017-18. The school, rated ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted after an inspection in January, has also failed to “establish strong internal financial controls”, according to

    16.03 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Government fund will enable teachers across the globe to share lessons over WhatsApp

    The government has announced new funding for overseas teachers to visit UK schools, and will pair up more educators to run “classroom-to-classroom” activities over WhatsApp. The Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme programme aims to “forge a global understanding of what education can achieve”. It is an extension of two older projects run by the

    14.00 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News

  • The 6 key points from EPI's 'Secondary School Choice in England' report

    The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published new analysis looking at how parents choose which secondary schools to send their children to in England. Each child can list up to six secondary schools they want to apply to, which parents rank in order of preference. These are submitted to the local authority who then allocate

    0.01 Sep. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Schools warned over new 'harmful' Transgender Trend stickers

    The charity Stonewall has condemned the actions of pressure group Transgender Trend in publishing a set of stickers on its website which promote messages such as “kids shouldn’t be taught in school that they can choose to be a boy or a girl”. The stickers, which director of Transgender Trend Stephanie Davies-Arai‏ recommended to put “all over

    17.01 Sep. 10th, 2018 | News

  • EEF: Group pupils within classes rather than setting or streaming

    Grouping pupils by their attainment for specific activities within their usual classes is more likely to boost attainment than setting or streaming, research by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has found. The practice of setting or streaming– where pupils with similar levels of current attainment are grouped together for lessons – is unlikely to boost

    13.47 Sep. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Less than half of pupils understand GCSE reforms, survey finds

    Less than half of pupils understand why the government has reformed GCSE qualifications, despite over half a million pounds of public money being spent on explaining the changes. According to a new Ipsos Mori survey, only 48 per cent of school pupils who had heard of the changes to the GCSE grading system actually understood why

    10.23 Sep. 7th, 2018 | News

  • New education and skills team appointed at Policy Exchange

    Former teacher and government adviser Tom Richmond and Dr Joanna Williams, from the University of Kent, will head up a new education and skills team at the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange. The pair will work on topics including how poor behaviour in schools is affecting children’s learning, and whether it is having an impact

    12.05 Sep. 5th, 2018 | News