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  • CPD firms struggle as funding squeeze shifts landscape

    Two major school membership organisations have posted losses as schools tighten their belts in the face of budget restraints. One of the companies has scaled back the number of conferences it runs, with staff now increasingly sent into schools, while another continuing professional development provider was forced to run a training camp over a weekend

    5.00 Sep. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Schools told to 'set off alarms' and 'drop curriculum' for climate protests

    Schools are being advised to “set off alarms” and “drop the curriculum for the day” as part of a protest on climate change tomorrow. The action is widely predicted to be the largest ever protest against climate change, with thousands of walkouts and demonstrations around the world. In Doncaster, the council wants headteachers to “sound

    18.57 Sep. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Lilac Sky investigation report STILL not published

    The Department for Education has failed to meet its own pledge to publish a long-awaited investigation report into a defunct academy trust. The nine-school Lilac Sky Schools Academy Trust (LSSAT) shut in 2017 amid a government investigation into allegations of financial malpractice. Publishing findings is an important part of this and our aim is to

    7.00 Sep. 14th, 2019 | News

  • Students 'unlawfully' kicked out after missing 'minimum' grades

    A school in north London “unlawfully” booted out sixth-formers halfway through their A-levels because they didn’t achieve high enough grades. Three parents have told Schools Week their children were left devastated by the “horrifying” and “appalling” decision of Queens Park Community School in Brent not to allow the pupils to progress to year 13. One

    5.00 Sep. 13th, 2019 | News

  • Nick Gibb’s ministerial brief expanded to include early years

    Schools minister Nick Gibb will take on policy for early years education under an expanded ministerial portfolio. Gibb will take charge of policy on early education and childcare including funding, support for the early years workforce, curriculum, quality and the early education entitlements. He will also take on responsibility for PE and school sport and

    18.07 Sep. 11th, 2019 | News

  • The ‘Forgotten Third’ deserve the dignity of a new type of qualification

    In spite of decades of curriculum and qualifications reform, a third of 16-year-olds  in England are not awarded a ‘standard pass’ at their English Language GCSE. It’s high time the qualification was scrapped, argues Roy Blatchford, Chair of the Forgotten Third commission, and replaced with one we can all be proud of. It is a

    0.01 Sep. 11th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Gavin Williamson’s AP free schools promise won’t work unless…

    The news that alternative provision (AP) will be a major focus of the free schools programme under the new government is most welcome and overdue. While there are excellent APs all over the country, there are also too many cold spots, where vulnerable children are left without any access to quality education. Setting up new

    14.11 Sep. 6th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Ofsted's inspection grace period won't apply to full primary curriculum

    Ofsted’s curriculum grace period will not apply to reading, writing and maths in primary schools. Further details of the education watchdog’s transition plans to give schools some breathing space in developing their curriculum were released in notes to inspectors today. It shows the transition arrangements apply to four of the “good” criteria of the quality

    15.51 Sep. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Schools hit by 17% rise in exam costs, new price guide shows

    The cost of GCSEs and A-levels has soared by 17 per cent across the past three years, Ofqual’s first ever exams price guide has revealed. Unions have blamed the rise on the government’s reformed qualifications, stating its “another unwanted burden on budgets”. The finding is from the exam regulator’s new qualifications price index (QPI), published

    14.00 Sep. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Gender gap widens, and 2 more 2019 key stage 2 SATS results findings

    The government has today published further details of this year’s key stage 2 results, breaking them down by subsets such as gender and school type. Here’s your trusty Schools Week round up.   1. The gender gap is widening Girls continue to outperform boys across all subjects at the expected standard – with the gender

    10.45 Sep. 5th, 2019 | News

  • DfE plans accreditation scheme in bid to regulate online schools market

    The government plans to launch an accreditation scheme for online schools in a bid to regulate the growing market. Under the plans, such schools would volunteer for inspection against measures similar to the independent schools standards. Those who meet the grade would become accredited Department for Education (DfE) providers. Online schools are typically used by

    0.01 Sep. 5th, 2019 | News