Freddie Whittaker

  • School improvement 'failing' at University of Chester Academies Trust, says Ofsted

    A university-backed academy trust has been criticised by Ofsted for failing in its school improvement strategies and “below average” standards in some of its schools. Ofsted has warned that pupil progress is “not good enough”, particularly for disadvantaged pupils, and is also “weak” among the most able after inspecting three schools run by The University

    10.51 Jan. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Schools should teach all pupils 'digital citizenship', says children's commissioner

    Schools should teach ‘digital citizenship’ to all pupils aged four to 14 to help keep them safe online, the children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has said. In a report from her Growing up Digital taskforce, Longfield warns that children are “left to learn about the internet on their own”, and that the time they spend online

    0.01 Jan. 5th, 2017 | News

  • Schools warned over cold-calling 'ransomware' scam

    Fraudsters posing as government officials are contacting schools in attempts to hold important computer files to ransom, police have said. Action Fraud has issued an alert following “numerous reports” of attempts to inflict ‘ransomware’ – which encrypts important files until a ransom is paid – on school computer systems using cold calling and confidence trickery.

    17.36 Jan. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • New Year's Honours 2017: Medals go to 5 headteacher board members

    Five members of the government’s influential ‘headteacher boards’ which advise regional schools commissioners have been recognised in the new year’s honours list. The proportion of medals handed to academy trust bosses and executive heads has also risen this year – with 11 handed out this year compared to eight last year. The highest formal honour

    22.30 Dec. 30th, 2016 | News

  • 10 key findings from the DfE’s accounts: Pay-offs, write-offs and failed UTCs

    The Department for Education has published its annual accounts for 2015-16. As expected, the government’s spending watchdog has once again warned that the accounts lack “truth and fairness”. Schools Week has taken a forensic look at what the rest of the accounts tell us… 1. PFI costs and liabilities continue to soar The DfE’s obligations under

    11.48 Dec. 21st, 2016 | News

  • Government launches pro-grammar schools 'campaign' just days after official consultation closes

    The government is seeking the backing of its own party members and supporters for a ‘campaign’ in favour of new grammar schools, just over a week after an official consultation on the plans closed. Justine Greening, the education secretary, has written to Conservative Party members and other backers asking them to “show their support” for

    16.52 Dec. 20th, 2016 | News

  • Errors in exam papers tripled this year, Ofqual report reveals

    The number of ‘material errors’ in the design of A level and GCSE exam papers has more than tripled in a year, affecting 323,000 pupils this summer. Ofqual’s report on the 2016 summer exams shows the number of reported assessment material errors rose from 11 in 2015 to 37 this year. The biggest rise was

    5.00 Dec. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Lodgers move into disused Black Country UTC

    Young professionals are living in a disused Walsall university technical college site, which is not the only failed college no longer used for education. Seven of the flagship institutions will have closed by the end of this academic year, and although the government aims to ensure their sites are still used for “educational purposes”, a

    5.00 Dec. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Roger Taylor appointed as new chair of exams regulator Ofqual

    Former journalist and Careers and Enterprise Company adviser Roger Taylor will replace Amanda Spielman as the chair of the exams regulator Ofqual, it has been announced. Justine Greening, the education secretary, has appointed Taylor to replace Spielman in January, when she will become the chief inspector of Ofsted. Taylor, already a member of the Ofqual

    12.38 Dec. 16th, 2016 | News

  • Ofsted: Greenwood Academies Trust has 'let down pupils'

    One of England’s largest multi-academy trusts has been warned it has “let down pupils over a number of years” after a focused inspection of six of its schools by Ofsted found half required special measures. The Greenwood Academies Trust has been told to “urgently improve outcomes for pupils” after an investigation in November revealed failures

    11.02 Dec. 16th, 2016 | News

  • DfE had agreement to share pupil nationality data with Home Office

    The Department for Education (DfE) did have an agreement in place to share pupil nationality data with the Home Office for immigration purposes, Schools Week can exclusively reveal. However, documents finally seen by the paper after a several month freedom of information battle, show the policy has been overturned and no nationality information about any pupil

    15.57 Dec. 15th, 2016 | News