Freddie Whittaker

  • 'Post-Brexit Britain needs investment in teachers' says Greening

    Investment in teachers and school leaders is needed to transform social mobility, the Justine Greening has claimed in a speech in which she set out her thoughts on Brexit. However, no new initiatives or funding were announced during the address at the Social Mobility Commission conference this morning. Schools face real-terms cuts of up to £3

    11.47 Mar. 30th, 2017 | News

  • Greening proposes scrapping KS1 SATs

    The government will consult on a proposal to scrap key stage 1 SATs which could be replaced with a new baseline test at reception in order to create a more “stable and proportionate” primary assessment system. Justine Greening, the education secretary, first announced she would seek views on changes to primary testing last year. In

    11.19 Mar. 30th, 2017 | News

  • Government study reveals minimum A-level class size

    A-level classes need at least 11.7 pupils to make them financially viable, a study has found. The research, carried out by the Isos Partnership on behalf of the Department for Education, also found there may be a case for more active national management of the A-level market – including a reduction in qualifications, in order to

    12.40 Mar. 29th, 2017 | News

  • MPs: Government showing 'collective delusion' over funding cuts

    The government have a “collective delusion” about the scope for further cuts in schools, the Public Accounts Committee has said in response to its investigation into school funding. A report by the parliamentary committee, released today, states that pupils’ futures are at risk and that the Department for Education is not well-placed to act swiftly

    0.01 Mar. 29th, 2017 | News

  • DfE introduces two-tier GCSE pass rate: 'standard' and 'strong'

    The government has abandoned its plan to make a grade 5 the new ‘good’ GCSE pass grade which was aimed at bringing England into line with global competitors. In 2015, the government announced the new grade 5 – due to be awarded for the first time this summer – would be the new “good pass” level. It

    15.34 Mar. 28th, 2017 | News

  • Deliver sex education as part of compulsory PSHE say subject leaders

    Subject leaders want the government to implement compulsory personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE) at the same time as sex and relations education, and as part of one, integrated subject. From September 2019, sex and relationships education (SRE) will become compulsory for all secondary schools, while primary schools will have to teach relationships education.

    5.00 Mar. 27th, 2017 | News

  • ATT chief executive broke rules over chair sacking, EFA investigation finds

    An academy boss who claimed for a luxury car lease on expenses has now been criticised by the government for breaching funding rules after removing his trust’s chair. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) says Ian Cleland, the chief executive and accounting officer at the Academies Transformation Trust (ATT), failed to manage the “inherent conflict of interest” when he removed Stephen

    17.14 Mar. 24th, 2017 | News

  • May's adviser leading ministers 'by the nose' over grammars, former deputy PM claims

    Ministers are being “led by the nose” over ending the ban on grammar schools by the prime minister’s chief adviser Nick Timothy, the former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has claimed. During a forceful speech in parliament this afternoon, the former Liberal Democrat leader said he had been told there was “one un-elected political apparatchik in Number

    17.36 Mar. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • Nicky Morgan, Nick Clegg and Lucy Powell to lead grammar schools debate

    Three political opponents will lead a debate on social mobility this afternoon after joining forces to fight the government’s plans to open new grammar schools. Nicky Morgan, the former education secretary, Lucy Powell, the former shadow education secretary and Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader have secured the debate, due

    12.57 Mar. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • Your quick-and-easy guide to the new 'National Education Union'

    Members of the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers have voted to form a new organisation – the National Education Union. The new union will officially come into being on September 1 of this year. The vote has been described as “historic”, with significant ramifications for schools and those who work

    13.27 Mar. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • NUT and ATL members vote to form new 'super union'

    Members of the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers have voted to form a new “super union”. The National Education Union, which is expected to have a membership of more than 450,000 and will be the biggest education union in Europe, will officially come into being in September this year. Official talks

    10.20 Mar. 22nd, 2017 | News