Freddie Whittaker

  • Government presses on with non-graduate teaching apprenticeship

    Ministers are pressing ahead with proposals for an apprenticeship that would allow non-graduate teaching assistants to become qualified teachers, even though access to conventional teacher training would still be restricted to those with university degrees. Anne Milton (pictured), the minister for skills, has confirmed that the government is “developing an appropriate degree apprenticeship” that will

    19.05 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Private schools rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted reach seven-year high

    The proportion of private schools rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted has reached a seven-year high, official statistics reveal. New Ofsted figures on inspection outcomes of the 983 private schools in England which fall under the watchdog’s remit show that 13 per cent were rated ‘inadequate’ as of March 31 this year. This compares with 11 per

    13.49 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Smith review: Not enough capacity for maths to 18

    Schools and colleges do not currently have the capacity to teach all pupils maths until they are 18, but could have within a decade, according to Adrian Smith’s long-awaited review of post-16 maths. Smith, who was commissioned last March to look into the feasibility of compulsory maths study for all pupils up to the age of

    13.07 Jul. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Heads told to expect end to 'secure fit' writing test model from 2017-18

    Headteachers across England have been advised to anticipate an end to the current “secure fit” model for teacher assessments of writing from 2017-18, Schools Week has learned. The government has been consulting on plans to move to a “best fit” model, which would place more weight on the judgment of teachers. Under the current secure-fit

    19.05 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Overdue debts double, and 4 other interesting things from the EFA's annual accounts

    The Education Funding Agency has published its annual report and accounts. Here are some of the more interesting findings… 1. Overdue debts double in a year The value of overdue debts owed to the Education Funding Agency has more than doubled in a year, the agency’s annual accounts show. According to the documents, the EFA

    17.30 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Technical tweak means EBacc target is actually delayed by SEVEN years

    A technical change to the government’s target for the proportion of pupils studying the EBacc subjects means that ministers are actually delaying their own ambitions for the measure by seven years. David Cameron’s government pledged in 2015 to have 90 per cent of pupils entered into GCSEs for the full slate of EBacc subjects by

    15.08 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Government EBacc consultation response - the 8 main points

    The government has finally published its response to the consultation on the EBacc performance measure. Here are its main points… 1. EBacc targets revised to 75 per cent by 2022, 90 per cent by 2025 The government wants 75 per cent of year 10 pupils in state-funded mainstream schools to be starting EBacc GCSE courses

    14.14 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • It's official: 90 per cent EBacc target pushed back 5 years

    The government’s ambition to have 90 per cent of pupils studying the full slate of EBacc subjects by 2020 has officially been abandoned. Justine Greening, the education secretary, has confirmed plans set out in the Conservative Party’s election manifesto to push the target back to 2025. The government had wanted nine in ten pupils to

    12.54 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • Education committee chair Halfon to prioritise evidence from teachers and pupils

    The new chair of the education select committee has pledged to prioritise evidence from pupils and teachers instead of relying solely on “experts in quotation marks” and “people from very important think-tanks”. Robert Halfon, the former skills minister who narrowly beat Nick Boles to lead the committee in a vote of MPs earlier this week, told

    5.00 Jul. 19th, 2017 | News

  • £1.3bn extra funding is 'just a sticking plaster', MPs warn

    The government stands accused of offering schools a “sticking plaster” by “robbing Peter to pay Paul” after it announced an extra £1.3 billion in revenue funding for schools, paid for using savings from existing budgets. Justine Greening’s announcement has prompted disappointment and frustration in some quarters after it was found to include no new money

    18.20 Jul. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Justine Greening pledges additional £1.3 billion for school funding

    Justine Greening has announced £1.3 billion of additional funding for schools over the next two years – promising to maintain per-pupil funding in real terms until 2019-20. Addressing MPs in the House of Commons this afternoon the education secretary pledged the “significant” extra money alongside a commitment to deliver the national funding formula in 2018.

    16.33 Jul. 17th, 2017 | News