Posts by: Freddie Whittaker

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A future Labour government will put sprinkler systems in all new school buildings and pay to remove asbestos and flammable cladding from existing sites, the shadow education secretary...
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Damian Hinds has given his first two major interviews since he was appointed as education secretary on January 8. The MP for East Hampshire has spoken to The...
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A lack of support from schools is making teachers “cautious” about blogging and using social media, an academic has warned. Dr Helen Woodley told the annual conference of...
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Schools are being urged to ignore “dangerous” new guidance on pupils’ gender from a pressure group. Transgender Trend, an organisation set up by parents who “question the trans...
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The Department for Education faces its second legal challenge over the data it collects on school pupils. Months after Against Borders for Children and Liberty jointly requested permission...
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Times-tables are important but the government’s latest test is a complete waste of time for schools, argues Nick Brook. Children should learn their times-tables. They are a useful...
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The government is keen to reassure heads that its new times-tables test won’t become just another stick to beat schools with, but heads aren’t convinced, explains Freddie Whittaker....
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Trials of a new times-tables test for year 4 pupils will begin at around 290 primary schools from next month. Nick Gibb, the schools minister, today announced the...
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At least 9,000 prospective teachers barred from training after failing a skills test three times will be able to book retakes again from this Thursday. Schools Week understands...
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The government is to scrap the controversial lock-out period that currently prevents would-be teachers from retaking the QTS skills test for two years if they fail it three...
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The sponsor of Floreat Brentford Primary School, a free school in west London, has announced plans to close the school, citing problems with temporary buildings and “critically low”...