Freddie Whittaker

  • Spending watchdog warns of lack of data on pupil mental health support

    A lack of school spending data on mental health means it is not possible to plan support for pupils in need across the country, the government’s spending watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office found that schools’ engagement with local health services “could be positive but was variable”, and that cross-government working on the issue

    12.11 Oct. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Watchdog chief writes to Hinds with 'significant concerns' about DfE's use of statistics

    The head of the statistics watchdog has written to the education secretary to warn of “significant concerns” over the Department for Education’s use of stats. Two other letters from the watchdog have also been issued to the DfE’s top boss, Jonathan Slater, and chief statistician, Neil McIvor, this morning in what represents a huge slapdown

    11.29 Oct. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Hinds defends funding and Ofsted statistics, but admits literacy claims 'could have been clearer'

    The education secretary has defended his department’s use of statistics on school funding and improvement following today’s “humilitating” rebuke by the UK Statistics Authority. However, Damian Hinds admitted the government “could have been clearer” in its claims about child literacy, which the UKSA warned today were “not correct”. Hinds has written to Sir David Norgrove,

    14.01 Oct. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Hinds announces £24m for the north east following complaints over opportunity areas coverage

    The Department for Education will divert £24 million of funding for school improvement and teacher training to the north east, the education secretary has announced. Damian Hinds warned that too many young people in the region are “missing out”. He has particular concerns about the quality of the north east’s secondary schools. Ministers have come

    0.01 Oct. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Schools left to pick up the pieces as 1 in 4 pupils turned away from mental health services

    Pupils referred to mental health services by their schools are being turned away if they don’t exhibit the same problems at home, a think tank has warned. In a new report by the Education Policy Institute, researchers found that as many as 1 in 4 children referred to CAMHS in England are rejected, and that school

    11.30 Oct. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Tories disagree over restoring failing academies to councils

    Regional schools commissioners should be allowed to rebroker academies back to councils if they can’t find another trust to sponsor them, according to the man in charge of education at Damian Hinds’s local council. Stephen Reid, a Conservative councillor who serves as executive member for education and skills on Hampshire County Council, said the option

    5.00 Oct. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Ex-Pearson boss Jill Duffy is new OCR chief executive

    Jill Duffy, a former senior vice president of Pearson’s schools arm, is the new chief executive of the OCR exam board. Cambridge Assessment, OCR’s parent company, has announced that Duffy, currently a consultant, will take over on November 5, replacing interim CEO Janet Morris. “I am delighted that Jill will be joining us,” said Saul

    12.43 Oct. 5th, 2018 | News

  • Conference diary: What did we learn from four days with the Conservatives?

    After four days of politics but very few policies at the Conservative Party conference, schools are still none the wiser about how the government can make life easier for them. Reporting from Birmingham, Schools Week chief reporter and political editor Freddie Whittaker rounds up what school leaders learned from Damian Hinds’s first conference as education

    17.51 Oct. 3rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Hinds pledges £10m to help teachers deal with bad behaviour

    Damian Hinds will announce plans for the first substantial review of government behaviour guidance in over three years, along with £10 million in funding to train teachers. The Department for Education’s guidance on behaviour and discipline in schools was last re-issued in January 2016, but hasn’t been fully reviewed since September 2015. Ministers are under

    14.20 Oct. 2nd, 2018 | CPC, News

  • Three in five teachers still required to triple mark, survey reveals

    Around three in five teachers are still told by their schools to do frequent triple or “deep” marking, despite an insistence from Ofsted and the government that it isn’t necessary. A survey of around 11,000 teachers by the National Education Union revealed today how 63 per cent of primary teachers and 59 per cent of

    10.23 Oct. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • The 5 schools policies in Damian Hinds's Conservative Party conference speech

      Schools will get access to funding to improve behaviour and careers advice, the education secretary will announce today. Damian Hinds is due to address the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this afternoon, where he will set out his plans to create “a world class education for everyone, whatever path you take, whatever your background”. However,

    14.20 Oct. 2nd, 2018 | CPC, News