Jess Staufenberg

  • New ‘specialist graduate school’ faces 'overlap' with Chartered College

    The as-yet unnamed organisation bringing together Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching will be a “specialist graduate school” – but is still trying to define itself from the Chartered College of Teaching. Ambition School Leadership and the Institute for Teaching, both of which focus on teacher development, merged in July this year and

    11.25 Oct. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: The private schools that remain open despite standards warnings

    A private school has been forced to close most classes after the government threatened to shut it down over poor standards – despite other failing schools remaining open, including one that has failed eight inspections. Only the kindergarten is open at Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley, Hertfordshire after the Department for Education threatened to deregister

    7.00 Oct. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Isolation rooms: How swathes of schools are removing pupils from their classrooms

    Primary schools are using isolation rooms to punish pupils as young as five years old, with some secondaries admitting they are willing to put older pupils into seclusion for up to five days in a row. A Schools Week investigation has today lifted the lid on the scale and details of how schools across the

    5.00 Oct. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Opportunity areas 'too led' by DfE and lack local engagement, report warns

    Opportunity area boards seem “too led” by the government and local stakeholders need more influence over deciding on the programmes, a report has warned. An independent analysis of the government’s opportunity areas, which is its flagship social mobility programme for 12 of the most deprived areas of the country, has found some local representatives have

    11.46 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Over half of secondary schools use 'internal inclusion units', DfE research finds

    Over half of secondary schools and a minority of primaries are using “internal inclusion units” as a behaviour strategy – but not many schools have evidence that such strategies actually work. The Department for Education has this morning published investigative research it commissioned into alternative provision, following concerns from MPs and school leaders about rising

    10.45 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • DfE lifts SCITT fee cap to put on par with universities

    The government has raised the cap on fees set by school-centred teacher training providers to put them on a par with what university-based providers charge. Until now, school-centred initial teacher training providers (SCITT) could only charge up to £9,000 per trainee, but university or higher education courses could charge £9,250. Now the Department for Education

    9.15 Oct. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Schools can stagger SAT times without notifying government, says new guidance

    Schools will no longer have to inform the Standards and Testing Agency if they are going to administer tests to pupils in several sittings, despite sector concerns around cheating. Updated guidance on the assessment and reporting arrangements for key stage 2 has “tidied up” some of the rules around SATs, according to a sector expert.

    18.03 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Proportion of poor pupils in education, employment or apprenticeships falls

    The percentage of poorer pupils who are progressing into education, employment or apprenticeships has dropped, destinations data released this morning show. Only 85 per cent of disadvantaged pupils were in sustained education, or had a job or an apprenticeship after finishing key stage 5 in schools two years ago, which is a one percentage point

    10.45 Oct. 16th, 2018 | News

  • First off-campus teacher training route opens for undergraduates

    The first teacher training route in which students get a degree without leaving the school site will encourage more teaching assistants and career changers into the profession, claim sector experts. Eight undergraduates have started a three-year ITT course in which they gain a BA Hons in primary and early education, delivered by university lecturers who

    5.00 Oct. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Inclusive schools 'clobbered' after DfE tightens guidance on pupil removals

    A school that took in two mentally ill pupils from a nearby school before their GCSEs has been held accountable for their exam results as the government toughens up on removing pupils’ league table scores. The Department for Education also rejected requests from the school to remove from performance data the results of two pupils

    5.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted accused of 'conflicting signals' over Barnsley school exclusions

    Ofsted has been branded “contradictory” by school leaders after inspectors praised the strict behaviour policies of a school responsible for almost 40 per cent of temporary exclusions across a whole local authority. The Outwood Academy Shafton, in Barnsley, temporarily excluded nearly a quarter of its pupils last year, totalling almost 3,000 days’ worth of suspensions.

    7.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News