James Carr

  • Coronavirus: Trust launches redundancy consultations amid national crisis

    An academy trust has been criticised for notifying staff their jobs were at risk during the first week of coronavirus school shutdowns Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT) launched a restructuring consultation process at Shipley C of E primary just last week despite guidance from unions calling to halt such action. Under consultation plans sent to

    18.16 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Ofsted extends complaints procedure consultation

    Ofsted has extended the deadline of a consultation on plans to overhaul its complaints procedure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The consultation was launched at the beginning of March and proposes that formal complaints raised by schools within two working days of receiving a final report will effectively delay publication of the report

    14.24 Mar. 30th, 2020 | News

  • England’s teachers can’t get no satisfaction, TALIS finds

    The OECD has this week published the second volume of results from its latest teaching and learning international survey (TALIS). The organisation surveyed thousands of teachers from 48 countries, addressing such matters as prestige, career opportunities, collaboration and autonomy. Here are the four most interesting findings:   Under one-third of teachers feel that the profession

    5.50 Mar. 29th, 2020 | News

  • UKSA praises DfE's new school funding stats - but says more context is needed

    The statistics watchdog has praised the Department for Education for improving its school funding statistics, but says more context is still needed. The UK Statistics Authority said the government’s new approach, introduced earlier this year following criticism of ministers’ presentation of school funding figures, addresses “a gap in the provision of official statistics on schools”.

    13.20 Mar. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Schools halt redundancy plans amid coronavirus outbreak

    Schools are halting redundancy plans as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause unprecedented disruption across the nation. Harris Federation – one of the country’s largest trusts – is among those calling off crunch talks with employees. The reality is that there would only have been a tiny number of redundancies, if any, across our 48

    5.00 Mar. 27th, 2020 | News

  • More secondary schools full or over-capacity as population bulge moves through

    The proportion of secondary schools that were full or over capacity increased last year, new data reveals. Department for Education statistics released this morning show 17 per cent of secondary schools were full or over-capacity in 2019, up from 15 per cent in 2017. In contrast, the proportion of full or over-capacity primary schools continued

    11.04 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Trust CEO calls for pandemic relief fund and pledges 20% of pay

    The leader of an academy trust is calling on the government to set up a voluntary relief fund to support those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic – pledging 20 per cent of his own salary.  Sir John Townsley, chief executive officer at GORSE Academies Trust in Leeds, called for a scheme which would allow people

    15.20 Mar. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Leaders slam 'irresponsible' Pets at Home 'key workers' letter

    Pets at Home has been branded the “worst type of irresponsible” by education leaders after distributing a letter for head teachers that asserted its staff qualified for the coronavirus key workers list.  The letter stated employees can apply to headteachers for emergency school childcare as they fall “within the list of critical categories” and “their

    11.16 Mar. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Large trusts outspend council counterparts on staff development

    Large academy trusts are spending almost 75 per cent more on staff development at secondary schools than local authorities, new analysis has discovered. Education specialists SchoolDash, in collaboration with the Teacher Development Trust, has analysed the trends in staff development amid the sector’s deepening recruitment and retention crisis. It found large academy trusts – those

    17.00 Mar. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Much Agnew about nothing? No savings possible at one in 10 schools

    Lord Agnew’s cost-cutters failed to identify savings at more than one in ten schools they visited, new figures show. The findings challenge the government’s rhetoric around school funding, particularly from former academies minister Lord Agnew, which suggested that all schools could tighten their purse strings. A Freedom of Information request found no savings opportunities were

    17.16 Mar. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Williamson school visits reversing 'obsession' with academies

    The education secretary is reversing the ‘ideological obsession’ of his predecessors by visiting a wider range of schools – rather than just academies – new figures show. Freedom of information figures show Gavin Williamson has visited a total of 46 schools, colleges and universities since taking the post in July last year. Of these ministerial

    5.00 Mar. 23rd, 2020 | News