Freddie Whittaker

  • Ministers won't publish details of £35m savings found by its cost-cutting consultants

    The Department for Education has refused to release any details about the £35 million of savings its new cost-cutting consultants identified under a pilot project to help schools balance their budgets. Lord Agnew, the academies minister, told the Institute for School Business Leadership conference in November that the government’s school resource management advisers had identified average

    7.00 Dec. 24th, 2018 | News

  • School told to 'engage fully' with DfE cost-saving tools or face funding termination

    An academy in Northumberland has been told it must use cost-saving resources provided by the government or face having its funding removed. Berwick Academy has been issued with a financial notice to improve by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The document outlines a series of conditions the school must meet to avoid being rebrokered

    15.53 Dec. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Schools targeted with fake Ofsted banners over 'inadequate' LGBT sex and relationships education

    Dozens of schools in London have been targeted with fake Ofsted banners by youth activists as part of a protest over the government’s plans for a new relationships and sex education curriculum. The campaign group StraightJacket claims new compulsory RSE lessons being prepared by the government are “insufficient” on LGBT+ issues, and that young people

    14.25 Dec. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted wins appeal against Durand Academy High Court ruling

    Ofsted has won its appeal against a decision by the High Court to quash its negative report into the troubled Durand Academy in south London. The Court of Appeal ruled today that that the judge was “wrong to conclude that Ofsted’s complaints procedures are unfair in serious weakness/special measures cases, and that it was wrong to

    10.45 Dec. 21st, 2018 | News

  • DfE paid £9k for minister's business class trip to Argentina

    The academies minister Lord Agnew and three advisers were flown to Argentina this summer at a cost of more than £9,000, government documents reveal. A record of ministers’ international travel published by the Department for Education lists a “return international flight to Argentina” taken by Agnew and three officials in September this year as having

    14.16 Dec. 20th, 2018 | News

  • 2021 key stage 2 SATs will clash with Eid, DfE reveals

    It “may be appropriate” for schools to vary their SATs timetables in 2021 because the test week is set to coincide with the Muslim festival of Eid, the Department for Education has said. The government has revealed today that key stage 2 SATs are timetabled from Monday May 10 to Thursday May 13 in 2021.

    10.25 Dec. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Two thirds of academy trusts have below-average results for disadvantaged pupils

    Two in three academy trusts are under-performing with regard to poorer pupils, a new report has found. New research into how the sponsored academies programme has served the interests of disadvantaged pupils across the country has found “significant variation” in outcomes for pupils eligible for free school meals. Analysis by professors Becky Francis and Merryn Hutchings found

    0.01 Dec. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Government names first 25 areas to get school 'mental health support teams'

    Schools in 25 English areas will be the first to receive help from new mental health support teams. The Department for Education and Department of Health have named the “trailblazer” areas for the new teams, which will work with around 8,000 children and up to 20 schools each from late 2019. It comes after the

    0.01 Dec. 20th, 2018 | News

  • DfE's teaching jobs board won't reach all schools until April 2019

    The national roll-out of a long-awaited state-run teacher jobs website won’t be complete until next April, the government has confirmed, prompting concerns that thousands of schools could miss out on savings. The Department for Education said in September that its free “national teaching vacancies service” would be rolled out to the final two regions of

    13.56 Dec. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Areas with greatest SEND support demand will 'lose out' on high needs cash injection

    Areas with large proportions of SEND pupils will lose out on extra high needs funding announced by the government last week because the cash is not being allocated based on demand for support. The government announced over the weekend that it will pump an £250 million into school high needs budgets over the next two

    13.00 Dec. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Cuckoo Hall Academy threatened with funding termination

    An academy criticised by Ofsted for its “stage, not age” curriculum model has been warned it could face being removed from its sponsor amid concerns over a lack of improvement. The Department for Education has today published a letter from regional schools commissioner Martin Post to the Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust about Cuckoo Hall Academy,

    14.40 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News