Freddie Whittaker

  • Baverstock Academy fraud inquiry closed

    The police have ended their investigation into alleged fraud at Birmingham’s Baverstock Academy. West Midlands Police said today that a man arrested on suspicion of fraud and two other people questioned in relation will face no further action. The investigation was launched in April this year, just weeks after the government announced the school was to

    17.43 Oct. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Schools must restart 20-hour computer science test amid security concerns

    The exam board Edexcel has replaced the non-examined assessment (NEA) component of its computer science GCSE, leaving schools having to find time for up to 20 additional hours in their timetables for pupils. An error in the security settings for the NEA means pupils may have seen the content of the test in advance, according

    9.31 Oct. 19th, 2017 | News

  • £53m MAT growth funding announced, but only for trusts with a good record

    The government has announced that £53 million will be made available to help multi-academy trusts (MATs) take on more schools this year. But the funding will be restricted to those with a “proven record” of turning around underperforming schools. The fund, previously called “the regional academy growth fund” but now renamed “the MAT development and improvement fund”,

    0.01 Oct. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Schools minister went on £10k trip to 'reinforce relationships' with Australia and Singapore

    The schools minister Nick Gibb went on a week-long trip to Australia and Singapore to “reinforce” Britain’s relationship with the two countries in July, at a cost of more than £10,000, government documents reveal. A register of ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings shows that Gibb was flown to the two countries between July 7

    16.33 Oct. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Savings still not found to give schools £1.3bn, DfE admits

    The government still hasn’t found all the savings it needs to give schools the additional £1.3 billion funding it has promised over the next two years, the Department for Education’s top civil servant has admitted. Jonathan Slater, the DfE’s permanent secretary, told MPs this morning that he has yet to identify £800 million of savings

    12.34 Oct. 12th, 2017 | News

  • EBacc: Entry and achievement rates down

    The proportion of pupils entering and achieving the EBacc has fallen this year, government data shows. In 2017, 38.1 per cent of pupils in state-funded schools entered the five EBacc subjects and 23.5 per cent achieved a “standard pass”. Last year, 39.7 per cent entered and 24.5 per cent passed. The government considers a standard

    9.50 Oct. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Headteacher board elections: the results

    The Department for Education has announced the winners of the second elections to its headteacher boards. The eight boards are made up headteachers and senior leaders from academies, who advise regional school commissioners on key decisions, including on school takeovers. The winners are as follows… North of England RSC: Janet Renou Elected Zoe Carr (WISE

    15.06 Oct. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Ofsted publishes curriculum review preliminary findings

    Schools are narrowing the primary curriculum by placing “too great a focus” on preparing for SATs, an investigation by Ofsted has found. The watchdog has questioned the intensity of preparation of pupils ahead of exams, and warns some schools are shortening key stage 3 to focus on GCSEs, meaning some pupils never study history, geography

    9.04 Oct. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Revealed: New sponsors for WCAT's schools

    New sponsors for the 21 schools given up by the troubled Wakefield City Academies Trust have been provisionally named. But the Department for Education says the chains named are only its “preferred sponsors”, and it wants to hear the views of “interested parties” before making its final decision. The list reveals that Outwood Grange Academies

    17.40 Oct. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Government approves new teacher apprenticeship

    The government has officially rubber-stamped proposals for a new apprenticeship for teachers, Schools Week can reveal. The Institute for Apprenticeships has today confirmed that the teacher apprenticeship “standard” – which sets out the training and assessment content of the course – has been approved. It means that the new apprenticeship, developed by a group of

    11.58 Oct. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Schools are meeting more careers advice benchmarks

    Schools are falling short of government-endorsed standards for good careers advice, despite a slight improvement in recent years, new research has found. Of 578 schools asked to rate their performance against eight benchmarks for good careers provision, just 0.5 per cent managed to achieve all eight in 2016-17. More than a fifth of schools did

    0.01 Oct. 10th, 2017 | News