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  • Grading system risks ‘inaccuracy and bias’ against disadvantaged pupils, MPs warn

    Pupils are at risk of missing out on the results they deserve because of “inaccuracy and bias” in this year’s new grading system, MPs have warned. The education select committee has called on Ofqual reveal details of how it will standardise grades immediately, so schools know how the regulator has ensured “fairness”. It follows a

    22.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News

  • 5 ways MPs believe this year's grading system can be made fairer for pupils

    The education select committee has published a new report on this year’s grading system, titled ‘Getting the grades they’ve earned: Covid-19’. It warns that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds risk missing out on the results they deserve because of inaccuracy and bias in Ofqual’s grading system (check out our news story here). Here’s what the

    22.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Grading system ‘flies in the face’ of promises pupils won’t lose out

    The government has promised that no pupil will be disadvantaged by the cancellation of exams. But a new study shows that thousands of youngsters in turnaround schools will indeed be penalised. Schools Week investigates. “Kids have given up their weekends, we’ve had holiday interventions, 7.30am revision sessions, teachers teaching until 7pm,” says Elroy Cahill, headteacher

    5.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Cabinet Office blocked T-level ads during lockdown

    The Cabinet Office blocked the Department for Education from promoting T-levels during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite first delivery of the new qualifications being just months away. The decision to “turn off” advertising, which one communications expert said “doesn’t make sense”, was revealed in an updated “major projects portfolio” published today by the DfE. The document

    22.00 Jul. 9th, 2020 | News

  • ESFA's director of funding poached by Cabinet Office - and will be replaced by an RSC

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency’s first overall director of funding – appointed just last year to oversee a new “centre of excellence” – has been poached by the Cabinet Office. Kate Josephs will leave the ESFA to take up a director general role in the Cabinet Office to deal with the government’s Covid-19 response.

    15.16 Jul. 9th, 2020 | News

  • Extra £101 million for school and college leavers to return for a third year

    The government has pledged £101 million to give all 18 to 19 year olds who are struggling to find work in England the “opportunity” to study “targeted high value level 2 and 3 courses”. And the Treasury has confirmed that it will expect the courses “to be taken at both colleges and schools”. Chancellor Rishi

    13.45 Jul. 8th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted visits: 'Serious issues' may lead to 'immediate action'

    “Serious issues” identified during lighter-touch Ofsted visits in the autumn could result in “immediate action”, the watchdog has said. The inspectorate promised its new programme of visits, which will start in September and target mostly ‘inadequate’ schools, will be collaborative, and not about “passing judgment”. A letter setting out the outcome of discussions over back-to-school

    12.20 Jul. 8th, 2020 | News

  • 'Orphan' school shunned by 3 sponsors rated 'inadequate' - again

    An “orphan” school that has been waiting nine years for a sponsor after being shunned by three academy trusts has been rated ‘inadequate’ again. Ofsted inspectors found a “sizeable minority” of pupils at Hanson School, in Bradford, do not “regularly follow the rules”, with disadvantaged youngsters not achieving “as well as they should”. The 1,600-pupil

    10.15 Jul. 7th, 2020 | News

  • 'Supersized' trust investigated by government just 14 months after opening with 10 schools

    A ‘supersized’ trust was investigated by the government over allegations relating to financial management just 14 months after opening from scratch with 10 schools. The Education and Skills Funding Agency investigated the Galileo Multi-Academy Trust in June last year following concerns over its finance and governance, it has emerged. Business interests were not always recorded

    16.00 Jul. 6th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted: New 'school visits' will allow 'appropriate challenge without passing judgment'

    Ofsted has said its new school “visits” will allow inspectors to provide “appropriate challenge” to school leaders without “passing judgement”. It was confirmed last week that proper Ofsted inspections will not start again until January next year at the earliest. But Ofsted will start to “visit” schools after the summer holidays to “reassure parents, ministers

    0.01 Jul. 6th, 2020 | News

  • DfE finally confirms £320m PE and sport premium will continue next year

    The government has finally confirmed that the £320 million PE and sport premium will continue next year. Furthermore, any unspent sport premium because of the coronavirus this year can be brought forward into 2020-21. School leaders have been waiting months for confirmation on whether the cash will continue. The government confirmed continuation of the fund

    11.49 Jul. 5th, 2020 | News