Jess Staufenberg

  • Gibb: Grammar schools can't use condition improvement fund to expand

    Grammar schools will no longer be able to use a government funding pot meant for all schools to expand their pupil numbers – now that they have their own dedicated funds to do so. Schools minister Nick Gibb has confirmed in a written answer that grammar schools are not allowed to apply for the Condition

    13.35 Jul. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Pupil premium: Best schools account for 'every pound spent'

    Schools get the best outcomes for the very poorest pupils when they account for “every pound” of pupil premium funding spent, according to a new report. The National Governance Association also warned that some schools are too inward-looking, and must learn to base spending decisions on evidence, rather than the opinions of senior staff. Schools

    9.00 Jul. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted gives schools no incentive to include SEND pupils, says architect of statementing

    A prominent peer whose inquiry into special educational needs paved the way for the practice of statementing has accused Ofsted for a “contradictory” approach to SEND. Baroness Mary Warnock told MPs this morning that the inspectorate does not give schools an incentive to be inclusive. Warnock, a moral philosopher who chaired the 1978 inquiry into

    13.38 Jul. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Schools will NOT lose money next year, unions admit

    Schools will not see a real-terms drop in per-pupil funding next year, a coalition of unions has admitted, after wrongly claiming that they stand to lose an average of £59. The School Cuts coalition, which includes the National Education Union and leadership unions ASCL and the NAHT, claimed yesterday that the government had “broken its

    16.26 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • Twenty-six more private school warning notices published

    The government has published 26 more warning notices identifying failings at private schools around the country. The notices, which cover February and March this year, include both pricey special schools and low-cost faith schools, and warn about low expectations of pupils, poor safeguarding and one school which teaches creationism as its main scientific theory for the Earth’s

    15.37 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • DfE: Schools get bigger as pupil population increases by 66,000

    Schools are getting bigger as pupil numbers continue to rise. New data on schools, pupils and their characteristics data shows primary and secondary schools had an extra two pupils on average on their rolls in January compared with the same time last year, though special schools are growing even more. Here’s what we learned from

    11.44 Jun. 28th, 2018 | News

  • 'Low-cost' private school gets government green light

    A “no frills” low-cost private school has won government approval to open after a year-long delay. The Independent Grammar School: Durham will now open in September for 65 primary pupils, its founders told Schools Week. The model, which will cost parents £52 a week, is the first of its kind in the UK. The founders

    16.42 Jun. 26th, 2018 | News

  • DfE considers bigger classroom role for trainee teacher mentors

    The government is considering asking mentors to spend more time in the classroom with trainee and new teachers. The Department for Education is currently developing an “early-career framework” that will support new and trainee teachers, following its decision to lengthen the induction period new recruits go through. But ITT experts said mentors would not be

    15.56 Jun. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Are birthday cards to ex-pupils the solution to the teacher recruitment crisis?

    Schools should send their former pupils birthday cards to encourage them to become teachers, according to the government’s teacher training tsar Sir Andrew Carter. Carter, the chief executive of the South Farnham School Educational Trust in Surrey and an adviser to the government on teacher training, told a Westminster Education Forum event today that schools should

    12.25 Jun. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Give schools an Ofsted rating for their careers advice, say MPs

    Schools should be specifically rated by Ofsted on the quality of their careers advice to ensure pupils are getting all the information they need to become scientists and engineers, a committee of MPs has said. Inspectors already consider schools’ careers advice provision when making judgments, but MPs on the parliamentary public accounts committee want the watchdog

    0.30 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • FFT Education Datalab: Almost 8,000 pupils disappeared from schools last year

    Up to 8,000 pupils due to leave secondary school last year left before their exams and never reappeared in another school, according to FFT Education Datalab. Some of these pupils will have been “off-rolled” – made to leave without being recorded as excluded – as a way of boosting a school’s GCSE results, according to

    0.01 Jun. 21st, 2018 | News