Freddie Whittaker

  • Ofqual 'extremely cautious' about more primary testing changes

    The government should be “extremely cautious” about further changes to primary assessment, Ofqual’s chief regulator has told MPs. Sally Collier told the education select committee this morning that feedback had urged caution about “too much change too quickly”. Ministers have announced a review of primary assessment, with a consultation due to take place later this year,

    11.43 Feb. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Unfilled places and £30m land deals – NAO takes aim at free schools

    The government has been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money on its flagship free school project after an investigation found more than half of new places were in areas they were “not needed”. The National Audit Office found that 57,500 of 113,500 new places in mainstream free schools opening between 2015 and 2021 will create ‘spare

    0.01 Feb. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Oasis director Andy Yarrow appointed chief executive of CfBT Schools Trust

    The CfBT multi-academy trust has appointed a senior director from Oasis Community Learning as its new chief executive, with his brief to lead recently-revealed expansion plans after the trust’s spell on the government’s ‘pause list’. Andy Yarrow has been appointed to lead the CfBT Schools Trust (CST) from mid-March after three and a half years

    11.54 Feb. 21st, 2017 | News

  • The top 3 priorities for ministers on primary assessment

    As the education select committee prepares to grill the schools minister Nick Gibb about primary assessment tomorrow, Nick Brook sets out his three priorities for the government’s upcoming review.   As we await the launch of the government’s primary assessment consultation, teachers will be turning their minds to this year’s SATs. Setting work to produce

    10.20 Feb. 21st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Government considers council MAT for vulnerable Kent primaries

    The government is in talks with a council over plans to create a ‘spin-off’ multi academy trust to run the region’s rural primary schools. The negotiations between the Department for Education and Kent County Council are understood to be the first of their kind, and follow concerns over a paucity of academy sponsors, especially for small, rural

    17.27 Feb. 15th, 2017 | News

  • What happened to the old technical schools?

    The 1944 Education Act famously created three types of schools: academically selective grammars, selective technical schools, and secondary moderns for the hoi polloi. Grammars and secondary moderns charged ahead. But what happened to the selective technical schools? Few opened and of those that did, several became mainstream grammars before the end of the 1960s. The

    5.00 Feb. 15th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Make sex education compulsory to stop spread of STIs, say councils

    Councils across England say compulsory sex education should be extended to academies in order to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections in young adults. The Local Government Association claims the introduction of a statutory duty for academies to provide sex and relationships education could reduce the “thousands of STIs diagnosed in young people later on

    0.01 Feb. 15th, 2017 | News

  • Parkfield School still without sponsor ahead of move to £35m new site

    A struggling Bournemouth free school is still without a sponsor less than two months ahead of its move to a £35 million new site, despite re-brokerage to a prominent multi-academy trust having been proposed last year. Parkfield School is due to move to its new home at a former national air traffic control training centre at

    16.28 Feb. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Education committee: Government 'yet to prove case' for new grammar schools

    The MP who chairs Parliament’s influential education committee says the government has “yet to prove the case” for new grammar schools following an inquiry into ministers’ plans to expand selection in England. Neil Carmichael says the government must demonstrate how opening new grammar schools will aid social mobility and improve education outcomes for all children after

    10.37 Feb. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Just 54 citizenship teachers were trained this year

    The number of new citizenship teachers in England has plummeted since 2010, prompting calls for a more “robust” approach to preparing pupils for the modern world. Figures released by the schools minister Nick Gibb show that just 54 citizenship teachers have been trained this academic year, compared with 112 in 2014-15 and 243 in 2010-11.

    5.00 Feb. 12th, 2017 | News

  • The national funding formula didn't have to take money from schools

    The DfE should bat for the funding the school system needs, not bow down as soon as the Treasury comes calling, says Mike Cameron A couple of weeks ago I was involved in the selection of a new headteacher for the school where I am a governor. We had a field of six excellent candidates

    5.00 Feb. 12th, 2017 | Opinion