John Dickens

  • Nine new teaching school hubs to split £2m to improve failing schools

    New hubs responsible for improving up to 300 failing schools will be piloted in nine areas under a £2 million government scheme. The teaching school hubs will be run by “high-performing schools” and launch this autumn, ahead of a proposed national roll-out in 2020-21. The funding works out at just over £220,000 per hub. The

    13.37 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Agnew: Governors don’t get plaudits they deserve

    The academies minister says governance is “at the top of the hierarchy of running schools” as he made a plea for talented governors to take on roles at other institutions. Lord Agnew was speaking at the 2019 Awards for Outstanding Governance at the House of Commons on Tuesday (see full list of winners below). What

    5.00 May. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Eight universities ignore Hinds' plea to ditch strings-attached offers

    Eight universities have seemingly refused to stop issuing strings-attached unconditional offers despite a plea from the education secretary. Last month, Damian Hinds wrote to 23 universities known to make so-called “conditional unconditional” offers, whereby an institution initially requires pupils to meet certain entry criteria to gain a place, but drops those conditions once a pupil

    0.01 May. 22nd, 2019 | News, Politics

  • Two more specialist maths schools announced

    Two more specialist maths schools have got government go-ahead – bringing the total number of approved schools for 16 to 19-year-olds to six. The University of Surrey will open a school with GEP Academies, with Lancaster University partnering with Cardinal Newman College. The selective schools are for pupils who have a “particular aptitude and promise

    0.01 May. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Non-EBacc subjects being taught after-school, during tutor time or on 'intensive' days, DfE study finds

    Schools have achieved high EBacc entry rates by using “more creative ways” to teach non-EBacc subjects, such as after-school sessions, in tutor time, or cramming them into “intensive” days. Research commissioned by the Department for Education found schools entering more than 80 per cent of pupils into the EBacc had mostly done so by making

    16.12 May. 17th, 2019 | News

  • School 'unaffected' by college insolvency

    A college facing insolvency has assured parents and teachers a school on its site will not be affected, but discussions are ongoing about a £1 million debt. Hadlow College, in Kent, will be the first institution taken through a new insolvency regime for colleges, Schools Week’s sister paper FE Week revealed today. The regime came

    9.19 May. 17th, 2019 | News

  • 28% rise in teachers calling emotional support helpline

    The number of education staff calling a counselling helpline for emotional support has risen by over a quarter to a new record high. Counsellors at the Education Support Partnership dealt with 9,615 cases between April last year and March this year – a 28 per cent rise on the 7,507 calls dealt with in 2016-17.

    0.01 May. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Sir Kevan Collins to step down as EEF chief executive

    Sir Kevan Collins will step down as chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation later this year. Collins, who has led the organisation for eight years, will remain in post until August, before moving to a part-time role to support a new chief executive. Sir Peter Lampl, EEF chairman, said: “Under Kevan’s leadership, the EEF

    20.09 May. 14th, 2019 | News

  • The Policy Debate

    Who should make policy, politicians or educationists? We invited Jonathan Simons, director at Public First, and Amanda Goodall, senior lecturer in management, Cass Business School, to discuss … Who should make policy, politicians or educationists? Jonathan Simons: I guess the not very helpful answer is, in some instances, both. Making education policy is about balancing

    5.01 May. 14th, 2019 | Features, News

  • Robin Conway’s top blogs of the week 6 May 2019

    Research leads . . . what is all the fuss about? @MissLLewis The case for research in education is clearly and effectively laid out here. However @MissLLewis makes a powerful argument reflecting on the experience of poor-quality CPD and the risks of professionals acting in certain ways “just because” they believe themselves to be

    6.00 May. 11th, 2019 | Reviews

  • Developing pupils’ vocabulary is about more than words

    In their 2017 report Early Language Development: needs, provision, and intervention for preschool children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, James Law et al wrote:  “A child’s ability to put words together may be a better predictor of later abilities than the number of words they know.” The implication is that if we want to enhance a

    5.01 May. 13th, 2019 | Opinion