James Carr

  • Boosting finances a main driver for half of trusts that expand

    Around half of academy trusts say boosting their finances is one of the main drivers to take on more schools, amid concerns chains feel “under pressure” to grow in size. The National Governance Association has today released the results of its annual school governance survey of multi-academy trusts. The survey, which included around 1,800 school

    0.01 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Government suggests schools relax phone bans to allow use of NHS Covid app

    The government has suggested that schools with bans on mobile phones relax their policies in order to allow pupils to use the NHS Covid-19 app. New guidance issued by the government even talks of the benefits of the use of smartphones by pupils during the school day, despite recent support from ministers for schools that

    17.41 Sep. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Financial warning for academy trust over ‘incorrect use’ of revenue funds

    An academy trust has been ordered to reduce the number of bank accounts it holds, after it incorrectly used revenue funding for a capital project and displayed a “lack of discipline in financial management”. Herts and Essex Multi Academy Trust, which runs two schools, has been issued with a financial notice to improve by the

    17.45 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News

  • No mandatory face masks, and 7 other things you need to know about autumn exams

    The government has released further guidance on how schools must prepare for autumn exams to best protect public health.  This is what you need to know:    1. Keep pupils apart in safe spaces before exams … Schools are being told to “identify a location where candidates will wait before the exam that can support

    12.46 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Majority of teachers' mental health declines

    More than half of teachers say their mental health has declined during the Covid-19 pandemic, with the lack of timely government guidance cited as their biggest challenge. A new report from Education Support assessing the impact of coronavirus on education professionals’ mental health found 52 per cent of teachers felt their mental health and wellbeing

    0.02 Sep. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Schools break into emergency Covid test supplies amid delays

    Schools are breaking into their supply of emergency Covid tests in a desperate bid to get children back in the classroom.  Last month the government sent schools ten coronavirus home-testing kits each, to be used “only in exceptional circumstances”.  However, delays in accessing the government’s Covid testing is already forcing schools to break into their

    12.53 Sep. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Revealed: Ofqual warned of algorithm legal risk

    Ofqual warned the government that exam boards could face legal challenges over the issuing of statistically moderated grades, newly published Covid-19 planning documents have revealed.  A contingency planning document sent to the government on March 16 sets out numerous risks associated with using the controversial approach which ignited last month’s exams grading fiasco .  The

    19.11 Sep. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Minister's failed promises on testing 'undermining' school returns as thousands face delays

    The government’s failure to provide the promised access to Covid testing is undermining the full reopening of schools – with more than 200 schools reporting delays, a union has warned. Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said the difficulty in accessing tests means that pupils and staff with symptoms

    11.01 Sep. 10th, 2020 | News

  • School reopenings 'derailed' as test and trace system 'falls over'

    The ability of schools to help pupils catch-up on months of lost learning is being “derailed” as the government’s Covid-19 testing system “falls over”, leaders have claimed. Schools across England began returning to the classroom last week for the start of the new academic year, but dozens have already either partially or completely shutdown due

    17.57 Sep. 8th, 2020 | News

  • Trust faces losing its 4 schools amid ‘serious management breakdown'

    An academy trust has been warned it will be stripped of its four schools unless it takes urgent action after a “complete breakdown of trust and confidence” amid “malpractice” concerns. Learning Link Multi Academy Trust has been issued termination warning notices for each of its four Dudley primary schools following the “collapse of the senior

    17.56 Sep. 7th, 2020 | News

  • Unions demand U-turn on Ofsted 'visit' letters that will 'create pressure on schools'

    Union leaders are demanding Ofsted makes a U-turn on its proposal to publish letters following ‘visits’ during the autumn term.  The schools watchdog announced earlier this year its inspectors would be making ‘visits’ to schools following their return to full education this term. These interim ‘visits’ differ from Ofsted’s suspended routine inspections, which return next

    14.11 Sep. 4th, 2020 | News