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  • Curriculum will be 'central focus' in new Ofsted framework

    Ofsted has promised to give the curriculum “greater coverage” in its new framework after admitting inspectors have placed “too much weight on test and exam results”. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, said today that a renewed focus on curriculum from Ofsted should reverse the current incentives that come from “inspection being too focused

    10.38 Sep. 18th, 2018 | News

  • DfE reveals how it will dish out teacher pay rise cash

    The government has revealed how it will dish out extra cash to fund teacher pay rises this year, with schools set to be paid the grant later this autumn, new documents show. It was announced in July that teachers would get a rise of up to 3.5 per cent this year, after the 1 per

    12.31 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Private school head says sorry for 'misguided' Volvo vs. Jaguar advert

    A private school headteacher has apologised over a “misguided” advert for its open day, following allegations of classism. The advert for Vinehall School, in East Sussex, envisages a son jealously eyeing up the headmaster’s car while visiting an open day in his dad’s old Volvo estate. However, after joining the school and becoming successful in

    16.14 Sep. 10th, 2018 | News

  • School pension contributions could rise from next year

    The employer contributions schools pay towards teachers’ pensions look set to rise from 2019, the Treasury has said. A valuation of teachers’ pensions, which takes place every four years, has suggested public sector workers will get improved benefits from April next year. However new draft directions for the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme, published on Thursday, states

    11.56 Sep. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Grammar school ordered to tweak admissions policy following second home row

    A heavily oversubscribed grammar school has been ordered to amend its admission arrangements after a parent complained that it discriminated against wealthy individuals with second homes. The objection was lodged after Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in Buckinghamshire, rejected an application from a child who lived three miles from the school – well within its catchment

    17.32 Aug. 31st, 2018 | News

  • A handy guide to the DfE's new cost-saving toolkit

    The Department for Education has today published lots of information, all related to its new drive to help schools ‘get the best value for every pound spent’ and save money on the sector’s current £10 billion non-staffing costs. The main document is guidance titled ‘Supporting excellent school resource management’, which is a pretty neat toolkit

    10.39 Aug. 31st, 2018 | News

  • iGCSE results will not be published this year

    iGCSE results data will not be published this year as it is fully removed from league tables and students are pushed back towards regular GCSE courses. Pupils are receiving their iGCSE results today, but the exam board has informed Schools Week that it will not be putting out pass rates or statistics for the course

    10.50 Aug. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Candidates announced for RSC headteacher board elections

    The Department for Education has today released the full list of candidates standing in the election to become a headteacher board member. The eight boards are made up headteachers and senior leaders from academies, who advise regional school commissioners on key decisions, including on school takeovers. There are three positions up for grabs on each

    15.14 Aug. 4th, 2017 | News

  • University access gap between poor pupils and their peers widens

    The gap between poor pupils and their richer peers gaining a place at university has increased, a new study has found. Widening participation in higher education figures published today show that 24 per cent of pupils on free school meals went on to study at university in 2014-15. That compares to 41 per cent of

    10.59 Aug. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Giving schools extra money only boosts attainment by a 'fraction', DfE study finds

    Handing schools extra money only boosts the attainment of pupils by a “fraction”, a new Department for Education (DfE) study has found. Researchers also found that school budget cuts don’t appear to have made much difference to pupil results – suggesting schools are stepping up to the challenge of operating with less cash. The DfE

    10.14 Aug. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Schools avoid budget cuts for A-level drop-outs

    Schools teaching new decoupled A-levels will avoid being hit by budget cuts if their student drops out before completing the two-year course after the government tweaked funding rules. Under current funding rules, if a student fails to finish their course – regardless of whether they achieve the qualification – the funding is halved via a

    15.05 Aug. 2nd, 2017 | News