Alix Robertson

  • Hinds wants school leaders' ideas to improve MAT assessment

    Education secretary Damian Hinds has called on school leaders to come forward with their views on how to better hold multi-academy trusts to account, in a speech at the launch event of the Confederation of School Trusts (CST) today. Hinds said that he does not have “a preconceived idea” about how to change the current

    12.46 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Spielman to reveal new inspection judgment headings

    Amanda Spielman will today announce planned new inspection judgment headings, as she suggests some teachers have been reduced to “data managers”. According to the BBC, Spielman will tell the Schools NorthEast summit that the current inspection model has led to “excessive workload” in some schools. She will set out plans to replace the current “pupils

    8.16 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Supportive letters boost national leader of education applications, study finds

    School leaders who receive a letter of encouragement are more likely to both apply and get accepted to become a national leader of education, according to new research. A new study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), commissioned by the Department for Education, ran a trial scheme where school leaders were sent letters encouraging them

    19.21 Oct. 10th, 2018 | News

  • RSCs have 'escalated' 21 decisions about schools to ministers

    Regional schools commissioners have had to “escalate” 21 decisions concerning schools or trusts to different government ministers since 2016, but the method behind who deals with which issue remains unclear. The schools commissioners have powers devolved from the education secretary to make important decisions such as ordering schools to convert to academies, taking action when

    5.00 Oct. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Reach South takes on a troubled free school and a struggling UTC

    The Reach South Academy Trust has taken on troubled Bournemouth free school Parkfield School, which has been waiting for a sponsor since 2016, alongside acquiring a struggling university technical college. The trust adopted Parkfield, now an all-through academy, on September 1, and UTC Plymouth (pictured) on October 1. Schools Week has followed the progress of

    7.00 Oct. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Pupils aren't being told about lucrative university scholarships and grants

    Youngsters are missing out on applying for around £85,000 in scholarships to support them at university because of a “lack of information” – with grants available for vegetarians, sewing enthusiasts and designers of zombie-destroying weapons. A new app, called GrantFairy, has been created to find scholarships that students are eligible to apply for based on

    16.48 Oct. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Chartered College of Teaching elects first president and council

    The Chartered College of Teaching has elected Stephen Munday, principal of Comberton Village College and chief executive of The Cam Academy Trust, as its first president. The college, which launched last year as the profession body for teaching, held elections for the president and 21 other council members at its first annual general meeting at Westminster

    16.15 Oct. 6th, 2018 | News

  • New data on young people's mental health now not ready until November

    Schools will have to wait until the end of November to see brand new government data on the mental health of young people –  information which hasn’t been updated for 14 years. The last research into the prevalence of mental health problems in children and young people in the UK was carried out in 2004 by

    21.25 Oct. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Stats watchdog launches investigations into ministers' 'disingenuous' use of data

    The statistics watchdog has launched two investigations into the government’s “disingenuous” use of education data, with ministers accused of using “smoke and mirrors” to deflect criticism from shrinking budgets. The UK Statistics Authority is investigating the Department for Education’s use of an OECD finding that the UK is the “third highest spender on education” to

    18.18 Oct. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Adventure Learning Academies Trust gives up its 5 schools

    The Advernture Learning Academies Trust, the sister trust of the beleaguered Bright Tribe chain, is giving up all five of its schools. The trust annouced that its trustees had voted for its four primaries and one secondary school in Cornwall to all be rebrokered to other sponsors. If follows Bright Tribe confirming officially last week that it

    14.34 Oct. 1st, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted signals changes to academy trust inspections

    Academy bosses will get a seat at the table with Ofsted inspectors as the watchdog moves forward on plans to beef up its inspection of trusts. The watchdog has completed a series of trials visiting a “small number” of trusts to test a more open approach to inspecting groups of schools in academy chains. Schools

    5.00 Sep. 28th, 2018 | News