James Carr

  • 'Inadequate' schools to face monitoring inspections, but no full Ofsted return until Easter

    Ofsted will introduce “supportive” monitoring inspections for schools with the lowest ratings from next month, with the return of full inspections pushed back until the summer term. The announcement today was one of a raft of measures from government finally detailing how accountability in schools will look next year. Full inspections have been paused since

    0.01 Dec. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • Ministers told to ‘come clean’ on regional Covid data

    Ministers have been ordered to “come clean” and reveal the regional disparity in pupil attendance Covid is causing across England after refusing to answer an MP’s written question. On November 16, Labour MP West Streeting submitted a written named-day question to the DfE asking for the number and proportion of pupils missing school due to

    18.26 Dec. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • Covid: Pupil absence stabilises after recent fall, but disruption still 'significant'

    The drop in pupil attendance has seemingly plateaued, but around one in 10 pupils still remain absent from school for Covid-related reasons. The latest attendance data from the Department for Education (DfE) shows that up to 798,000 pupils – between 8 and 10 per cent of the total population – did not attend school for

    12.55 Dec. 1st, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted inspector's dismissal highlights consultancy 'grey area'

    An Ofsted inspector with 20 years of service was sacked after conducting an independent review which concluded that a school at the centre of a rebrokering battle was making “good progress”. The dismissal highlights a “grey area” within the watchdog’s rules for its part-time consultants and the work they do outside their duties with the

    5.00 Nov. 28th, 2020 | News

  • Call for resits as over 1,000 hit by Oxbridge admissions exam glitches

    School exam managers and admissions experts are demanding that pupils whose online Oxbridge admissions exams were hit with technical problems are allowed to resit the tests. Schools Week can reveal that one in eight pupils who sat the BioMedical Admission Test (BMAT) – a total of 1,125 students – reported technical glitches during the exam.

    17.00 Nov. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Ministers seize control in new Covid contingency plans

    Ministers are seizing control of the restrictive measures schools can implement to fight the spread of Covid under a rehashed contingency framework released today. The Department for Education has released a contingency framework for education settings which sets out how the government will manage the exceptional circumstances in which further restrictions were required on education.

    15.16 Nov. 27th, 2020 | News

  • 'Disgraceful': DfE axes funding for teacher diversity schemes

    A government decision to axe millions of pounds of funding for teacher diversity schemes has been branded “disgraceful”. Since 2014, the Department for Education’s equality and diversity fund has supported schools to develop solutions to help teachers of protected characteristics progress into leadership. Under the Equality Act 2010, these protected characteristics are; age, disability, gender,

    12.42 Nov. 27th, 2020 | News

  • NAHT ‘assessing legal status’ of phonics check to spare schools ‘unnecessary burden’

    A school leaders’ union has revealed it is “assessing the legal status” of the autumn year 2 phonics check in a bid to spare teachers “additional and unnecessary burden”. In an update to its members, NAHT general secretary Paul Whiteman revealed the union’s fight against the controversial return of the tests was far from over.

    17.30 Nov. 26th, 2020 | News

  • DfE expects teacher recruitment boost to be ‘short-lived’, despite slashing bursaries

    The Department for Education has admitted the boost in teacher recruitment prompted by Covid-19 is expected to be “short-lived”, despite having slashed training bursaries and grants for next year. Ruth Talbot, deputy director of the DfE’s teaching workforce directorate, made the comments at the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT) annual conference today. A

    15.48 Nov. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Schools advised to ‘reallocate’ 4G routers for children in greatest need

    The government is advising schools to identify any 4G wireless routers not being used and to “reallocate them to children and young people with the greatest need”. The updated guidance published today by the Department for Education follows the number of laptops schools had been allocated by the government being slashed by 80 per cent

    11.54 Nov. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Teacher absence spike forces ‘tipping point’ closures

    Schools are being forced to shut their doors as the numbers of teachers forced into isolation pushes them past the “tipping point”. A survey by Teacher Tapp has found the number of teachers reporting they are isolating due to Covid jumped to eight per cent this week – around double that reported before half-term. When

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2020 | News