Freddie Whittaker

  • Bright Tribe threatened court action over failed bid to run Cumbrian schools

    Attempts by the Bright Tribe academy trust to create an “axis of improvement” for schools in rural Cumbria failed because it was prevented from taking on more than one school, it has emerged. Copies of correspondence between Bright Tribe’s founder Michael Dwan and the Department for Education reveal the trust’s dismay at having its bid

    5.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Did failed Greater Manchester UTC get ‘free pass’ despite warnings?

    The viability of the failed Greater Manchester university technical college was questioned by government officials even before it opened, but ministers still allowed the project to proceed, new documents have revealed. Correspondence seen by Schools Week shows Department for Education bosses believed the state-of-the-art UTC, which cost £9 million to build, would only be viable

    22.00 Jul. 12th, 2018 | News

  • School funding down 8% since 2009-19, new IFS analysis finds

    School funding in England fell by eight per cent in real terms over the past eight years, according to a new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which takes account of post-16 and local authority support spending for the first time. Rising pupil numbers, increasing costs and flatlining funding have contributed to the real terms

    0.01 Jul. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Damian Hinds asked me to apply, says new social mobility tsar

    Dame Martina Milburn, the new chair-designate of the Social Mobility Commission, was personally approached by the education secretary and asked to consider applying for the job, she has revealed. Milburn was nominated for the job in May after a lengthy recruitment process, which followed the resignation of the commission’s entire board over a “lack of

    10.10 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Grammar school that forced out A-level pupils slammed in damning inquiry report

    A south London grammar school which forced pupils out at the end of year 12 because of their AS-level grades “put the institution above the pupils”, an independent inquiry into practices at the school has found. The probe, commissioned by Bromley Council, found St Olave’s in Orpington unlawfully prevented pupils from continuing into their second

    11.29 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Hinds gives £5m to 20 ‘careers hubs’ to boost advice and job ‘encounters’

    Schools in 20 areas of England will have access to funding to train staff to give better careers advice and offer pupils more “encounters” with employers. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, has announced the locations of 20 new “careers hubs”, which will share £5 million in government grants and work with schools to improve advice

    0.01 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • MPs’ stern warning over ‘incoherent’ system and costly, ‘risky’ academisation

    A powerful committee of MPs has warned that the government failed to properly scrutinise the early stages of the academies programme and has not learned from its high-profile failures. A report by the parliamentary public accounts committee into the government’s record on converting schools into academies found the Department for Education “did not pay enough attention”

    0.01 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Key stage 2 SATs results 2018: 64% achieve 'expected standard'

    Sixty-four per cent of pupils achieved the government’s “expected standard” in reading, writing and maths in this year’s key stage 2 SATs, up from 61 per cent last year, according to interim results published by the government. The results show that the proportion of pupils reaching a scaled score of 100 or more rose in

    9.31 Jul. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Scaled scores for 2018 key stage 2 SATs announced

    The Department for Education has today released the marks pupils needed for the 2018 key stage 2 tests to achieve the government’s “expected” score. To meet government expectations, pupils must achieve 100 in their scaled scores. But this equates to different marks for each paper (maths; reading; grammar, punctuation and spelling) and can change each

    7.46 Jul. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Careers and Enterprise Company will publish secretive board minutes

    Records of meetings held by the board of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) will finally be published online from this month, following pressure from MPs. Chair Christine Hodgson and chief executive Claudia Harris were grilled in May over the CEC’s lack of transparency, during a bruising appearance before the Commons education select committee, where

    16.12 Jul. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Ambition School Leadership and Institute for Teaching to merge into new charity

    Two organisations offering development opportunities for teachers and leaders are to merge into a single charity. Ambition School Leadership, which has more than 9,000 leaders in its network, will join with the Institute for Teaching to form a new organisation, leaders of the two groups have announced today. The new organisation, which has not yet

    9.09 Jul. 6th, 2018 | News