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  • Ofsted flags Inspiration's 'flimsy' response to 'steep' home education rise

    Inspiration Trust has admitted the number of pupils moving to home education from one of its schools was “too high” after an Ofsted investigation into potential off-rolling found their response was “flimsy”. Inspectors visited East Point Academy in Lowesoft, Suffolk, last month after issues were raised with Ofsted about high levels of pupil movement at

    15.58 Nov. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Unions publish school funding constituency league table to sway voters

    A new league table that allows voters to see how their constituency has been affected by real-terms funding cuts has been published today by the National Education Union. It’s the latest attempt by the union to put school funding at the centre of the general election campaign. A tool previously set up by a coalition

    0.01 Nov. 9th, 2019 | News, Politics

  • Failing academies ‘left in limbo’ as lack of sponsors causes 'bottleneck'

    A bottleneck caused by a lack of sponsors means nearly two-thirds of ‘inadequate’ academies have failed to be transferred to a new trust. Figures obtained by Schools Week show just 181 of the 476 academies rated ‘inadequate’ in the past five years (38 per cent) have been rebrokered. It has become increasingly clear that a

    13.00 Nov. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Williamson repeats dodgy stat 24 hours after warning

    The education secretary repeated misleading claims while lauding the Conservatives’ record on schools – a day after the statistics watchdog issued a pre-election warning against “misusing” figures. Gavin Williamson, writing for The Times on Tuesday, claimed his party’s “revolution in school standards” meant 1.9 million more children were taught in ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ schools, a

    9.56 Nov. 8th, 2019 | News, Politics

  • Recruitment drive as Ofqual cracks down on non-compliance

    Ofqual is beefing up its compliance teams as part of a crackdown on exam boards following high-profile mishaps and hefty fines. The exams regulator is looking to fill three “exciting new roles” with candidates who are experienced auditors. The “managers of compliance”, who will be paid up to £45,000 a year, will “plan, lead and

    18.48 Nov. 7th, 2019 | News

  • The show must go on! Government steps in to save school nativities

    The government will fund councils to find alternative venues for polling stations to ensure school nativities and Christmas concerts aren’t axed because of the election. Schools Week revealed last week that hundreds of schools faced festive disruption because they will be used as makeshift polling booths for the snap election on December 12. Now the

    21.57 Nov. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Astrea's founding chief executive to step down after 4 years at helm

    Libby Nicholas will step down as chief executive of the Astrea Academy Trust which she helped found four years ago. It comes as the trust, a spin-off of the Reach2 academy trust and which now runs 27 schools, claims it is set to post a six-figure surplus this year. Astrea had to delay publishing last

    9.00 Nov. 6th, 2019 | News

  • £18m to fund opportunity areas until 2021

    The government has pledged £18 million to fund its “opportunity areas” programme for a further year. The announcement is likely to prove controversial coming just days after a snap election was announced as many of the areas that will benefit from the promised cash are in marginal seats. The Conservatives have already been criticised over

    0.01 Nov. 4th, 2019 | News

  • £500k repairs cash withheld from schools over cost-cutter visits

    Ministers are withholding £500,000 for vital repairs from 17 schools because they haven’t agreed to a visit from Lord Agnew’s costcutters. The disclosure comes in the same week the government announced further conditions for dishing out maintenance funding. Trusts bidding for a slice of next year’s £400 million condition improvement funding (CIF) will now be

    5.00 Nov. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • Inspectors should be 'sensitive' selecting small school 'deep dives'

    Inspectors have been told to be “sensitive” in which subjects they choose for “deep dives” at smaller schools. The warning comes after schools reported concerns over the deep dives, however Ofsted said overall new inspections are “going well”. One area of concern was curriculum leads in smaller schools – who oversee several subjects – spending

    17.04 Nov. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Grammar expansions expose satellite loophole

    Ofsted will not inspect “satellite” school expansions separately, exposing an “unexpected loophole” that will allow them to avoid scrutiny. The Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys in Kent is consulting on a three-form entry expansion on a satellite site 12 miles away in Sevenoaks. The satellite will eventually have room for 500 pupils. Grammar critics

    15.00 Nov. 1st, 2019 | News