James Carr

  • From the classroom to the campaign trail: Meet the teachers standing for election

    Juggling a full-time teaching schedule and an election campaign can be tricky. Vix Lowthion, the Green Party’s candidate for the Isle of Wight, has a year 13 parents’ evening at The Island VI Form before she dashes off to Thursday’s count. Schools are under so much pressure and just cracking Meanwhile the Liberal Democrat candidate

    5.00 Dec. 7th, 2019 | News

  • NEU brands free schools a 'failure' as spend on closed projects rises to £186m

    Successive governments have spent more than £180 million on free schools that went on to fail, according to new figures released today. The National Education Union has branded the free schools programme “a shocking record of failure and waste” after its analysis of government data showed the government has now spent £186 million in revenue and

    0.01 Dec. 8th, 2019 | News

  • DfE WILL publish details of bail-outs to struggling trusts

    The government has promised to publish for the first time a full account of the bail-outs it hands to struggling academy trusts. However, the department refused to provide details of the pay-outs it dished out over the past few years – stating it “does not hold the information in the format requested”. When dealing with

    17.00 Dec. 6th, 2019 | News

  • First applications for UTCs in five years - but not as you know it

    The first applications in five years have been lodged for new university technical colleges – but there’s a catch. Three new UTCs are in the pipeline but, like a traditional school, students will join aged 11, rather than at 14. Ofsted grade-one Energy Coast UTC is hoping to open two UTCs, in Salford and Carlisle,

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2019 | News

  • Catholic academy trust bans 'non-Catholic' 11-plus exams in its schools

    A Catholic academy trust has banned its 19 primary schools from hosting 11-plus exams that “promote non-Catholic schools”. In a letter distributed across the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership (KCSP) in September, Clive Webster, its chief executive, said academies “must now cease enabling, facilitating or, especially, administering the Kent test (or any other 11-plus derivative)”. The

    15.00 Nov. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Paws for thought: Why an academy trust spent £12k on dogs to tackle pupil anxiety

    An academy trust has spent £12,000 buying a dog for each of its four schools, claiming that it is a more cost-effective way of reducing stress in the classroom than employing welfare officers. Schools Week has found 12 Ofsted reports since 2016 that have praised schools for using therapy dogs. Two were under the new

    10.00 Nov. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Government misses secondary teacher training target for SEVENTH year in row

    The government has failed to meet its secondary school teacher recruitment target for the seventh year running – with many EBacc subjects falling short. Initial teacher training census data released today shows the government met just 85 per cent of its secondary school teacher target. This included recruiting just 43 per cent of the required

    10.11 Nov. 28th, 2019 | News

  • University admissions gap between rich and poor students still 'far too wide'

    The gap in university admissions rates between rich and poor students is still “far too wide”, a union leader has said, after admissions body UCAS announced a record acceptance rate. This year, 97.8 per cent of 18-year-olds in the UK who applied for a place through UCAS received an offer of a place, up 0.2

    0.01 Nov. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Government testing agency pays Pearson £3m (but won’t say why)

    The education giant Pearson has been revealed as the mystery supplier who received £3 million from the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) to settle a legal dispute over outsourcing the management of assessments. The agency’s annual accounts, published last month, detailed the pay-off – but the Department for Education refused to say who the recipient

    19.00 Nov. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • David Cameron's £67m STEM scheme fails to deliver, new figures reveal

    The government is failing to fulfil its promise to upskill 15,000 teachers in maths and science under a £67 million scheme that David Cameron pledged would “pull our country up in the world”. New figures show the Department for Education has failed to fill a third of its teacher subject specialism training (TSST) courses over

    15.21 Nov. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Reducing class sizes top priority for next government, say teachers

    A third of teachers say reducing class sizes is their top priority for the next government as a new analysis finds nine out of ten areas have seen an increase. The National Education Union study found 89 per cent of constituencies in England have seen an increase in average class sizes since 2010. Meanwhile the

    0.01 Nov. 14th, 2019 | News