James Carr

  • Let schools hire NQTs on short-term deals to solve recruitment blockage

    Schools should be given extra cash to appoint newly qualified teachers for short-term stints to cover any staff illnesses next year amid fears a downturn in job vacancies could push new entrants away from the profession. A report published by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation found there have been more than 5,000 fewer job adverts in

    5.00 Jun. 28th, 2020 | News

  • AP heads call on government to fund specialist sixth forms

    Alternative Provision (AP) headteachers are calling for funding to set up specialist sixth forms to stem the thousands of vulnerable pupils who become lost from education at age 16. A new survey commissioned by The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) and teacher training charity The Difference found 9 out of 10 AP providers said they would

    17.28 Jun. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Revealed: How whole year-group bubbles could work

    Top academy bosses have suggested “bubbles” of full year groups may be the only way to get all secondary pupils back in the classroom next year – aligning with government plans being formulated. One trust is exploring cordoning off sections of schools for each year-group bubble in a bid to reduce the risk of transmission

    5.00 Jun. 26th, 2020 | News

  • Suspected covid-19 outbreaks in schools almost doubles

    The number of suspected coronavirus outbreaks in schools almost doubled last week, new Public Health England figures show. PHE’s weekly COVID-19 surveillance report, published today, shows the number of “acute respiratory outbreaks” in schools rose from 24 to 44 – 16 more outbreaks than were recorded at hospitals.  Last week, secondary schools started to welcome

    17.09 Jun. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Five-year teacher retention rate worsens, and 5 other school workforce findings

    The Department for Education has today published the latest school workforce census (November 2019).  Schools Week has the key findings:    1. Fewer teachers are leaving the profession … The number of teachers working in the profession (453,813 full-time equivalents) increased by just 0.9 per cent.  Over 43,000 FTE staff entered teaching in state-funded schools

    14.02 Jun. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: DfE's £10m behaviour hubs delayed until next year

    Rollout of the government’s £10 million behaviour hubs programme has been pushed back until spring 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The project, led by behaviour tsar Tom Bennett, will support 500 schools across England to develop policies such as detention systems and sanctions for misbehaving pupils. Originally the Department for Education planned to recruit

    11.44 Jun. 24th, 2020 | News

  • Investigation: diversity of education leadership roles fails to improve despite DfE pledge

    The proportion of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) leaders of England’s largest academy trusts has fallen, with 98 per cent of the top chains now run by white bosses. A Schools Week analysis of the 98 trusts with 15 or more schools suggests just two chief executives are from BAME backgrounds. It is not

    5.00 Jun. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Trust launches 'honest and frank' leadership review as CEO remains absent

    A large academy trust has commissioned an “honest and frank” evaluation of its leadership while its chief executive is “unexpectedly away from his duties”.  On Wednesday, Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership revealed it had commissioned an evaluation report from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, “to inform the further development and improvement” of the trust.  The announcement follows

    17.04 Jun. 19th, 2020 | News

  • Suspected covid-19 outbreaks in schools rise by 70%

    The number of suspected coronavirus outbreaks rose by 70 per cent last week, new figures show, while the number of confirmed cases has also increased by a third. Public Health England’s weekly COVID-19 surveillance report, published today, shows the number of acute respiratory outbreaks in schools rose from 14 to 24 – putting schools on

    18.26 Jun. 18th, 2020 | News

  • 'Inadequate' school named after losing £100k legal challenge to gag Ofsted

    A school which lost a £100,000 legal battle to gag Ofsted from publishing an ‘inadequate’ inspection report has been named. Lady Lumley’s School, in Pickering, North Yorkshire, was graded ‘inadequate’ by the school watchdog during an inspection in October last year. The local authority-maintained school said it fought the judgement as it wrongly portrayed pupils

    11.40 Jun. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Over half of laptops STILL to be delivered in just two weeks

    Just under half of the 230,000 laptops being distributed to help vulnerable pupils learn at home during the coronavirus pandemic have been sent out by the government – two months after the scheme was launched. This means the Department for Education has just two weeks to send an additional 115,000 laptops to local authorities and

    12.30 Jun. 16th, 2020 | News