Freddie Whittaker

  • Paul Whiteman confirmed as new NAHT general secretary

    The National Association of Head Teachers has officially selected Paul Whiteman as its new leader after his candidacy for the post of general secretary went unchallenged. The deadline for members of the union to challenge Whiteman, who emerged earlier this month as the choice of the NAHT national executive committee, passed at 5pm today, and officials

    17.00 May. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Liberal Democrats would allow new council maintained schools

    The Liberal Democrats have pledged to repeal the rule which requires all new schools to be academies and to give councils “clear responsibility” for local school place planning. Currently, local authorities are only allowed to open new maintained schools under very specific and rare circumstances. The Lib Dems want to scrap the laws limiting councils from opening

    12.58 May. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Liberal Democrat manifesto: The full list of schools policies

    The Liberal Democrats have published their education manifesto. Here is a full list of the party’s schools policies. Stop the education cuts – fair funding for all schools 1. Reverse cuts to frontline school budgets, protecting per pupil funding in real terms 2. Introduce a fairer national funding system with a protection for all schools

    12.24 May. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Lib Dems release manifesto pledge costs - including £450m for free school meals (which is half of Labour's costs)

    The Liberal Democrats would extend free school meals to all primary school pupils – but say it would only cost half the amount estimated by the Labour Party who also made the same pledge. We want to give all our children a brighter future with good schools The Lib Dems say it will cost £450

    22.30 May. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Labour manifesto: The nerdy details

    The Labour Party has officially launched its manifesto for the 2017 general election today. Many of the policies were already well-known following the leak of a draft document last week. Here is a full list of the policies relevant to schools, with analysis. 1. Reduce class sizes to under 30 for 5, 6 and 7-year-olds Under school

    12.06 May. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Labour manifesto: Teacher pay bargaining pledge dropped

    Labour has removed draft proposals to re-introduce national pay bargaining for teachers and allow councils to open new schools from its manifesto, the official document released today reveals. The schools section of the manifesto, launched this morning by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, does not include an earlier pledge to bring back national pay bargaining. The

    11.59 May. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Labour manifesto: the full list of schools policies

    The Labour Party’s official manifesto for the 2017 general election has officially been launched this morning at Bradford University. You can read all the nerdy details in our analysis here. Schools policies in the Labour manifesto 1. Reduce class sizes to less than 30 for 5, 6 and 7-year-olds 2. Introduce free school meals for

    11.35 May. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Greens pick troubled Isle of Wight academy for education policy launch

    The Green Party today launched its education manifesto outside a school facing closure on the Isle of Wight in a bid to highlight issue with the academies and free school programme. Sandown Bay Academy, operated by the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), faces being merged with another school on the island after its pupil numbers halved in five years.

    16.43 May. 15th, 2017 | News

  • ANALYSIS: Tory areas worst hit by National Funding Formula

    With less than four weeks until the general election, Schools Week exclusively reveals the constituencies that face having the worst-funded schools under the government’s new national funding formula Conservative safe seats, including several represented by senior party members, will be the worst-off under the government’s proposed new national schools funding formula. Exclusive analysis of government

    5.00 May. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Leaked Labour draft manifesto reveals national pay bargaining for teachers

    Labour is considering the re-introduction of national pay bargaining powers for teachers for the first time in 26 years, Schools Week has learned. The proposal, which also includes the re-introduction of a negotiating body for school support staff, is included in the schools policy section of a draft copy of the Labour Party’s manifesto, which also sets out plans to

    17.45 May. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Labour Party officially launches its 'National Education Service'

    The shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, has set out how the Labour Party will build an education service “fit for the new millennium”. Rayner joined party leader Jeremy Corbyn for a campaign event at Leeds City College this morning and spoke about Labour’s plan for a National Education Service which would deliver “hope and prosperity

    12.40 May. 10th, 2017 | News