Freddie Whittaker

  • Sixth form funding rates to remain unchanged in 2019-20

    Funding rates for sixth forms will remain unchanged next year, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed, dashing hopes of a cash boost for schools and colleges. A letter from Peter Mucklow, director of further education at the agency, published today, said that the national base rates of £4,000 per full time pupil aged 16

    14.42 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: The 50 academy trusts that cut chief executive pay

    The government has named 50 academy trusts that have cut executive pay following pressure from officials. A list, sent to Schools Week under the freedom of information act, reveals the names of the trusts that have stopped paying salaries of either £100,000 to £150,000 or over £150,000. However this does not include any trusts that

    11.06 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Teacher supply and school funding on the agenda for new Social Mobility Commission team

    The rejuvenated Social Mobility Commission will investigate school funding issues and the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, its new chair has said. Dame Martina Milburn pledged to “change things” as she introduced 12 new commissioners and announced £2 million of additional government research funding at a re-launch event at a central London college this week.

    15.33 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Social Mobility Commission to relaunch with £2m research budget

    Ministers have allocated £2 million in research funding to the rejuvenated Social Mobility Commission, a year after all of its commissioners quit in despair over government inaction. The Commission, which advises the government on issues such as educational disadvantage, teacher supply and the isolation of rural and coastal schools, will relaunch at an event at

    0.01 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Medway school mulls single-gender primary extension

    A girls’ secondary school in Kent wants to add single-gender primary provision on its site. If the move goes ahead, Rainham School for Girls will become only the sixth school nationally to provide girls-only education to primary age pupils, and only the tenth nationally to provide single-gender schooling to younger pupils. The Medway school, which

    5.00 Dec. 10th, 2018 | News

  • John Tomsett will return to Huntington School after misconduct inquiry

    A leading headteacher found not guilty of unacceptable professional conduct over a sexual relationship with a former pupil will return to work next year, it has been announced. John Tomsett, the headteacher of Huntington School in York, has been on leave for more than two months as a result of a Teacher Regulation Agency misconduct

    16.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Analysis: Expanding grammar schools will still 'lag behind' in support for poorer pupils

    Plans by 16 grammar schools to open up access to poorer pupils in exchange for a share of an annual £50 million of expansion funding will still leave them “lagging behind” comprehensives, a Schools Week investigation has revealed. Announcing the £200 million investment over four years on Monday, Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Eight top private schools dominate Oxbridge admissions

    Eight top schools, including Eton, Westminster and St Paul’s School for boys, had the same number of pupils accepted to Oxbridge as three quarters of all other schools put together, new research has found. At the other end of the scale, in some areas of the country just two or fewer pupils were accepted by

    0.01 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • 'Inadequate' Steiner free school faces rebrokerage over pupil safety

    A Steiner free school in Devon that failed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its pupils and “disproportionately” excluded those with special educational needs now faces being rebrokered to a new sponsor following a damning Ofsted report. Steiner Academy Exeter, one of a handful of state schools in England where learning is based on

    14.08 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Three in ten LA-maintained secondaries now in deficit, DfE data shows

    More than 30 per cent of local authority-maintained secondary schools are now in deficit, new data from the Department for Education shows. Statistics published by the government today show a worsening financial position for council-maintained schools as real-terms budget cuts continue to bite, with the number in deficit rising. At secondary level – the average

    9.49 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News

  • League tables to score schools on how many pupils take up higher apprenticeships

    The government will start including data on the number of pupils schools send on to higher-level apprenticeships in school league tables in a bid to tackle “snobbery” over technical education, Damian Hinds will say today. The education secretary will announce a change to school performance tables which will see apprenticeships at level 4 or above

    0.01 Dec. 6th, 2018 | News