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Thirty-six teacher-training organisations have been approved to deliver apprenticeships after the Department for Education opened a secret application window just for them. Seventeen academy trusts, 11 schools, three...
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Accusations of exam malpractice sealed the fate of a doomed studio school, according to “shocking” minutes from its board meetings. The documents also show that former trustees at...
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More than two thirds of the university technical colleges visited by Ofsted in the last year are ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’, according to Schools Week analysis. But the...
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A lack of funding has led to schools not being able to set up sufficient mental health support for pupils, a new Department for Education (DfE) study has...
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Fewer than one in six schools have formal plans in place to build character in pupils, despite nearly £10 million being spent by the government to promote the...
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The government has approved just one textbook as part of its £41 million maths mastery programme – falling short of expectations that more than three would be available...
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The PE and sports premium will double from September, Justine Greening has confirmed, but primary heads believe it will leave them scrabbling to reorganise their budgets in the...
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A primary school in Sheffield wants to sack the majority of its teaching assistants before rehiring them as “fellows” who will work towards teaching qualifications, Schools Week understands....
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The school just yards from the Grenfell Tower blaze in west London will start the next academic year in temporary accommodation and might not return to its home...
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The government is to launch revamped leadership qualifications for school leaders in September using two organisations incorporating over 100 teaching school alliances and multi-academy trusts. The Department for...
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Two schools in London have been found to have combustible cladding during tests carried out by the government following the Grenfell blaze. Checks on schools with Aluminium Composite...
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The government spent over £175,000 on partnership projects between state primaries and independent schools, but cannot measure how effective they were because officials did not collect the appropriate data....
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The government has admitted it does not know how many free schools have been built without fire-preventing sprinklers. The schools minister Nick Gibb admitted as much in a...
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An academy’s plans to slash its lunchtime break and extend the school day is the latest example of a revamped timetable following the introduction of the new “big...
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The Ofsted ratings of more than 700 schools have been wiped clean after becoming an academy or rebrokering, a Schools Week analysis reveals. There are hundreds of thousands...
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“Cliff-edge” GCSE exams at 16 should be scrapped in favour of a 14 to 19 “phase” where pupils complete their qualifications “at the right pace for them”, the...
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The government needs to find an additional £1.3 billion to compensate for inflation pressures faced by schools and protect the education budget by 2022, a think-tank has warned....
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The organisation that oversees the ailing university technical college (UTC) programme has called on school leaders to “assess” which pupils best fit the vocational schools before sending unsuitable...
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An Essex school’s plans to restructure its timetable to meet the demands of the new “big fat” GCSEs has coincided with the announcement from Ofsted’s chief inspector of...
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A multi-academy trust in the south west has been criticised by Ofsted for failing to sustain a “good quality of education” after nearly all its schools dropped from...
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The country’s largest academy chain has been stripped of two schools – and is in talks about rebrokering more – despite recently hinting at expansion following a government...
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The government has instructed councils and academy trusts to carry out fire safety checks on school buildings to identify any that may need further investigation in light of...
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An academy trust has abandoned the experimental holiday calendar it introduced to alleviate cost pressures and reduce term-time absences, after it actually caused a rise in pupils taking...
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Two new Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) trials will test how different careers education programmes can boost teenagers’ motivation at school, including one that links-up pupils with business mentors...
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The public appears to be split about whether government plans to expand grammar schools should go ahead or not, after a survey found over half would support the...
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Two education unions have joined with fire officers to demand “urgent reassurances” from Justine Greening about fire safety in schools after the Grenfell Tower blaze. The Fire brigades...
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The proportion of new schools being built with fire-preventing sprinklers has halved to just 35 per cent since 2010, prompting fresh concerns over pupil safety following the Grenfell...
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Schools across the country have experienced a surge in racial hate crimes in the aftermath of Brexit, new figures suggest. The number of schoolchildren arrested for racism has...
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Black, Asian and minority ethnic teachers are not able to move into senior roles unless they are endorsed by white people in positions of power, an educationist has...
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Membership of education trade unions is at its lowest level in nearly a decade, amid a 10 per cent plunge last year. The unions are blaming cuts to...
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The country’s first “super” school-led scheme to train language teachers has been given the go-ahead by the government to recruit its first cohort this September – though numbers...
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The body that runs the university technical colleges has been making bold claims about a surge in demand for places for 14-year-olds. New figures shared with Schools Week...
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University technical colleges across the country are planning to recruit pupils a year before their standard 14 starting age owing to the demands of the new “big fat”...
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The Conservative pledge to ban councils from creating new places in schools graded below ‘good’ by Ofsted is not feasible unless academies can be forced to expand, experts...
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If elected, the Conservatives could change school admissions to allow recruitment of pupils from further afield, using what is known as a “doughnut” catchment arrangement, Schools Week has...
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A private tutoring firm claims that it has found a loophole for parents wanting to take their children on holiday during term-time. Tutor House, an agency based in...
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Schools have been reminded to keep staff up-to-date with procedures in their individual plans for emergencies after a school was evacuated today following reports of a bomb threat....
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The Department for Education has this morning released an analysis of teacher supply, retention and mobility. It was a deeper dig of data published last year from the...
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Tens of thousands of pupils with strong spatial skills are failing to get top grades because their talents are masked by poor verbal skills, according to a new...
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A university technical college that has struggled to recruit pupils is opening an 11 to 14 “specialist academy” next door to act as its own feeder school. The...
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Official government figures show the demand for teachers in EBacc subjects is set to soar, indicating the subjects will become mandatory, despite a consultation response on the policy...
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An exodus of looked-after children from the capital could be driving down the achievement rates in other parts of the country, a new Schools Week analysis has found....
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A cash-strapped free school due to close later this year does not seem to know which of its governors racked up a bill of more than £3,250 for...
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Nearly 140 academy trusts failed to submit their accounts on time in the past financial year. Trusts must submit audited accounts to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) by...
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Birmingham City Council has published a curriculum statement pledging that its schools will focus on encouraging the human rights of all cultures. The statement promises that children in...
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An ‘inadequate’ university technical college will not take on any new year 10 pupils from September and is on the hunt for a new leader, following the resignation...
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Jeremy Corbyn’s claim that councils that provide free meals to all primary pupils are boosting attainment and health has been dealt a hammer blow after local authorities admitted...
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Grammar schools in Buckinghamshire have sacked their high-profile 11-plus test provider and reappointed their former supplier. GL Assessment, which delivered the 11-plus test for all Buckinghamshire grammar schools...
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Most established university technical colleges (UTCs) are still more than half empty, a Schools Week analysis reveals. And nearly two-thirds also experienced a drop in pupil numbers this...
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Ofsted has removed the dates of inspection from revamped promotional logos for good and outstanding schools, but has denied it is because of “embarrassment” over lengthy gaps between...
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The government has made the unprecedented decision to allow teacher training providers to recruit an extra 25 per cent of trainees on top of their original allocated amount....
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Schools are being urged to reschedule inset days to coincide with planned elections in order to reduce “unnecessary” school closures. Theresa May’s announcement this morning of a snap...
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Schools will not have to identify which pupils come from “ordinary working families”, Justine Greening has confirmed. The education secretary was speaking at St Mary’s University today to...
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Racism is “not discussed enough in schools”, a union leader has claimed, after new research found Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BME) teachers are given “stereotypical responsibilities” like...
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A specialist vocational school that outsourced its teaching has been handed a financial notice to improve, although it says the government signed-off on the arrangement. Energy Coast UTC...
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Schools and colleges are bracing themselves for a “significant” drop in English and maths A-level entries this year as pupils are put off by “tougher” GCSEs. English looks...
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The exams regulator Ofqual has today released the results of its annual survey on the perception of GCSEs, A-levels, and other qualifications in England. Over 2,000 people were...
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The closing Bolton Wanderers Free School (BWFS) is facing more scrutiny after promises in its original application appear not to have been fulfilled and “supporters” distance themselves from...
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Ofsted is considering tracking pupils’ and parents’ social media pages to help decide which schools need an intervention. But experts say that data from platforms such as Facebook...
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Four multi-academy trusts are gearing up to offer jobs to former pupils and send staff to train apprentices in other schools after successfully getting on to the new...
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An “inadequate” school linked to a former premier league football club and now closing in August because of financial concerns, paid almost £600,000 to the club in rent...
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More than half of university technical colleges (UTC) visited by Ofsted have been rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement” compared with 10 per cent of schools overall. UTC Swindon,...
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Mindfulness and relaxation are to be taught in schools as part of a government trial to combat teenage anxiety and to promote child happiness. But critics say the...
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The government is under fire for its “unprecedented” refusal to reveal the full allocations for next year’s initial teacher training (ITT), even though officials have had the information...
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A one-time ‘Outstanding’ studio school for 14 to 19 year olds has announced it will convert to become a sixth form centre after its performance slumped. Rye Studio...
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Councils across the country are slashing their school crossing patrol budgets despite growing pupil numbers and increasing child pedestrian injuries. About £2.5 million less was spent in the...
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A free school set up by Bolton Wanderers Football Club will close later this year owing the government £500,000 – much of which is likely to be written...
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A free school set up by Bolton Wanderers Football Club will close at the end of this academic year, less than three years after it opened. Trustees of the...
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Hundreds of schools are using apps to employ supply teachers in a bid to cut out crippling recruitment agency fees. But they should be “cautious” about using the...
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The government has stripped more powers from the National College for Teaching and Leadership, telling schools to submit requests to become a teacher training provider directly to the...
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Hereford Sixth Form College has become the first institute of its kind to convert to academy status, with plans to invest some its VAT savings into supporting partner...
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State schools should hand out places based on random admission ballots to ensure the country’s best comprehensives can’t tactically select wealthier pupils, the Sutton Trust has said. New...
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Pay increases for teachers in England have fallen behind the majority of other professions over the last six years, a new report has found. The emerging pay gap...
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Teach First plans to shift its focus away from London to six of the government’s 12 “opportunity areas”. Brett Wigdortz, the charity’s founder and outgoing chief executive, made...
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Vicky Beer, regional schools commissioner for Lancashire and West Yorkshire, is stepping down after less than a year and a half in post to head up a new...
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School leaders want MPs to fight the government’s “grossly unfair and discriminatory” Progress 8 measure that will award three times more points to pupils moving between top grades...
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Schools are increasingly opting to employ migrant teachers on strict two year-only visas. The government’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its “review of teachers” report last week calling...
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The skills and apprenticeships minster has warned there is “clearly something wrong” with schools where “not enough” good careers advice is delivered as he launched the government’s ‘comprehensive...
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Black girls are the only ethnic group that outnumber their male peers taking science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) A-levels, research exclusively shared with Schools Week reveals. The...
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Almost six in ten teachers will not get this year’s government proposed pay rise, capped at 1 per cent, new union research has revealed. A survey of more...
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More headteachers are opting to arm school crossing patrol officers with body cameras to clamp down on dangerous driving during the school run. Harlands primary school in west...
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The government has confirmed today that schools will be included among public sector bodies expected to employ apprentices – although larger organisations such as the BBC and Houses...
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An awards scheme that will recognise “exceptional commitment” from exam markers is being set up by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to entice more teachers to take...
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Grammar schools are pocketing tens of thousands of pounds from mock 11-plus tests, fuelling worries that reintroducing selective schools will “end up assessing wealth not ability”. Sutton grammar...
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The Chartered College of Teaching has today officially opened its doors for new members to join. The college, headed by Dame Alison Peacock, pledges to place research and...
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A school’s plan to fine parents if their children are consistently late for registration will not solve the problem, say union leaders – although the government has told...
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The educational impact of taking pupils to the theatre and visiting exhibitions will be tested under a new £2.5 million trial. The project will be focus on schools...
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The Department for Education is recruiting a team of “behavioural insights” experts to aid ministers in their policymaking decisions. The move is aimed at changing the “culture” of...
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The government is to stump up thousands of pounds in travel costs to send children from a closing university technical college to another 20 miles away, according to...
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More than 1,200 schools in England have not had a full Ofsted inspection in seven years, with more than 100 given respite for longer than a decade, a...
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More than half a billion pounds must be found by 2025 to top up an already unsustainable special needs budget and fund an “unprecedented” demand of pupils with...
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Schools Week is making a Christmas appeal for our readers to help an education charity that was left “shipwrecked” after a car crash destroyed its boat-themed building. Hackney...
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The first merger between a sixth-form college and an academy trust is on the cards after the submission of plans for a “pioneering” partnership. Ninestiles academy trust, which...
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An under-fire academy trust has been given a warning notice and told to urgently improve, just weeks after an Ofsted inspection found serious weaknesses among its schools. The...
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The number of school staff penalised for helping students cheat in exams has risen by nearly 50 per cent, as the number of penalties issued to schools and...
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The Russell Group has continued to advise pupils to take a group of “preferred subjects” at A-level to help them to get into top universities, despite research suggesting...
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An awards scheme for examiners should be created to entice more teachers to take on the “unattractive” job, a veteran examiner has suggested. Roger Murphy, an emeritus professor...
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The Exams Officers’ Association (EOA) is pushing for a consultation with Ofqual to review exam access for students with a learning disability or difficulty. It follows association research...
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Traditional careers programmes such as work experience and CV clinics will be trialled under a new £1 million pot to establish the most effective ways to deliver careers...
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Two education charities that provide training courses to develop future school leaders have merged and re-branded as Ambition School Leadership. Teaching Leaders and The Future Leaders Trust (TFLT)...
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Training provider Teach First should ditch London and instead place its top graduates into schools in the country’s ten lowest-performing local authorities, says the Social Mobility and Child...