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  • DfE to finally roll out free sanitary products scheme next week

    All schools and colleges in England will finally be able to access free sanitary products from Monday, as part of a “fully funded” government scheme to tackle period poverty. They will be able to order a range of options, including eco-friendly items, from supplier Personnel Hygiene Services Group (PHS) by using an online portal, via

    0.01 Jan. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Study suggests new Ofsted regime WON'T punish poor kids

    Explosive claims from academy trust leaders that deprived pupils are disadvantaged under Ofsted’s new framework don’t stack up, new analysis suggests. Harris Federation chief executive Sir Dan Moynihan and Outwood Grange Academies Trust boss Martyn Oliver claimed last week that Ofsted’s new focus on schools having a broad curriculum would “damage outcomes for disadvantaged children”.

    5.01 Jan. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Free school fire escape door at centre of tax evasion allegations

    An MP is to call in the Serious Fraud Office after a collapsed free school leader used a “false VAT number” when billing a council for consultancy services. Alun Morgan was the sole listed director of Morgan Bristol Limited, which was registered to the steel fire escape door on the side of Manchester Creative Studio

    5.02 Jan. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Young carers’ bursaries plummet, as union blames complexity in claiming

    Take-up of bursaries that support young parents while they study has tumbled by over three-fifths in five years – a drop which one union has blamed on a “complex” claiming process. According to Education and Skills Funding Agency data published yesterday, 64 per cent fewer people are using Care to Learn, which is intended to

    11.32 Jan. 14th, 2020 | News

  • Leading CEOs: New Ofsted inspections favour middle-class kids

    The heads of two of the country’s most successful academy trusts have slammed Ofsted’s new regime – claiming “it is a middle-class framework for middle-class kids”. Speaking in the Times, Harris chief executive Sir Dan Moynihan and Outwood Grange Academies Trust boss Martyn Oliver claimed the new curriculum focus will “damage outcomes for disadvantaged children”.

    18.58 Jan. 10th, 2020 | News

  • 'Antagonistic unions' thwarting 'stuck' schools' improvement - Ofsted study

    The “antagonistic voice” of unions is stalling improvement of “stuck” schools, an Ofsted study has claimed. The inspectorate published a report today revealing there are 415 schools, serving 210,000 pupils, that haven’t been judged ‘good’ or better since 2006. The study claimed one of the blockages on improvement was because of an “antagonistic union voice”

    0.01 Jan. 8th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted wants to run 'non-judgmental' inspections to improve 'stuck' schools

    Ofsted wants to run “non-judgmental” and longer inspections to support “stuck” schools to improve – claiming the current “carousel of consultants” and government initiatives aren’t working. New research by the inspectorate published today found 415 schools, serving 210,000 pupils, that haven’t been judged ‘good’ or better since 2006. The study, titled ‘Fight or Flight‘, found

    0.01 Jan. 8th, 2020 | News

  • Gibb commits £5m to continue culture and music schemes

    The government has committed £5 million to extend cultural education schemes aimed at getting school pupils to play instruments, learn about film making and visit museums. The majority of this, £4 million, will fund programmes focused on getting pupils involved in film, dance, theatre and design for the 2020-21 year. The remaining £1 million will

    0.01 Jan. 3rd, 2020 | News

  • The top 10 most read Schools Week stories in 2019

    From secret government money-saving reports, pupils being sent to the back of the queue for lunch if they have poor attendance, and lots of leaks – here’s our most read stories of 2019. Enjoy!   Starting with our news stories, in reverse order: (Nerd note: we’ve taken out explainers – which tend to be super-well

    12.39 Dec. 31st, 2019 | News

  • Johnson told to 'shelve election rhetoric' and deliver for schools

    Boris Johnson has been urged to “shelve the election rhetoric” and deliver on his promise to invest in schools after delivering a Conservative majority. Boris Johnson this morning secured the biggest Conservative party election win since 1987, propelling him back into Downing Street with a mandate for his education priorities. The Conservatives’ manifesto mostly signalled

    10.44 Dec. 13th, 2019 | News

  • Odds-on: Will education MPs be heading back to parliament?

    As the general election enters its final week – we take a look at the odds of education MPs returning to parliament. Schools Week used YouGov’s Multi-level Regression and Post-stratification model for our seat predictions in this guide, which was based on interviews with approximately 100,000 people about their voting intentions at the end of

    12.34 Dec. 9th, 2019 | News