Kathryn Snowdon

  • Brexit and climate change said to be behind surge in politics A-level

    Brexit and discussions around global warming have contributed to the almost 10 per cent surge in pupils studying political studies A-level, a senior figure at one of the leading exam boards has said. Political studies has seen the largest proportional increase in entries across all A-levels this year. A total of 19,729 pupils sat the

    13.12 Aug. 15th, 2019 | News

  • No sprinklers in any London schools that had fires this year

    Not one London school that has had a fire so far this year had sprinklers fitted, the London Fire Brigade (LFB) has said. Firefighters have attended 46 fires in London schools since January 1, and found none of the 18 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and 14 pre-schools and nurseries visited was fitted with an

    0.01 Aug. 7th, 2019 | News

  • SENCos won't have to prove pupils need exam reader help

    Special educational needs coordinators requesting permission to use readers for pupils will no longer have to provide evidence the extra help is needed, exam boards have announced. The Joint Council for Qualifications, which represents the four GCSE and A-level exam boards, has announced that from next year, SENCos will no longer have to complete a

    17.05 Aug. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Poorer pupils 'would miss out under PM's school funding pledge'

    Disadvantaged pupils would miss out on additional money under the prime minister’s pledge to “level up” per-pupil funding for schools, new analysis reveals. The Education Policy Institute found Boris Johnson’s plans for new minimum per-pupil funding levels “would disproportionately direct additional funding towards the least disadvantaged schools”. Johnson vowed to increase levels of funding from

    0.01 Aug. 2nd, 2019 | News

  • Children in care 'should only attend good or outstanding schools'

    Children in care should only attend ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ schools, the children’s commissioner warned local authorities this week. Anne Longfield, children’s commissioner for England, said in her latest Stability Index report that she will be writing to councils where a “significantly lower proportion of children in care are in these schools”. Longfield said she will

    0.01 Aug. 1st, 2019 | News

  • MPs: Boost school-police links to tackle serious youth violence

    Schools in high-risk areas should all have a dedicated police officer in order to tackle an “epidemic” of youth violence, MPs have said. In a report published today, the parliamentary home affairs committee also called for an end to part-time timetables in alternative provision. The cross-party committee urged the government to take urgent action to

    0.01 Jul. 31st, 2019 | News

  • New social mobility figures 'a wake up call' for new PM

    New figures showing that efforts to boost social mobility among poorer pupils have stalled should be a “wake-up call” for the new government, a former schools minister has said. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has revealed in its annual state of education report that, for the first time since 2011, the attainment gap between poorer

    0.01 Jul. 30th, 2019 | News

  • Poor pupils lag 18 months behind peers, and 5 other key findings from the EPI's annual report

    The education disadvantage gap has stopped narrowing for the first time since 2011, presenting a “major setback for social mobility”, a new report has found. Children from poorer backgrounds are finishing a year and a half behind their peers by the end of GCSEs, according to the Education Policy Institute’s (EPI) annual state of education

    0.01 Jul. 30th, 2019 | News

  • RSC league tables 2017-18: How regional commissioners are performing

    Dominic Herrington is the top performing regional schools commissioner (RSC) for the third year in a row, according to Schools Week league table analysis. We have crunched the numbers to find out how the nation’s schools commissioners are faring after the Department for Education released data on the 2017-18 key performance indicators (KPIs) of RSCs

    5.00 Jul. 29th, 2019 | News

  • School-led teacher training routes see first fall in numbers for 4 years

    The proportion of trainee teachers taking the school-led route has dropped for the first time in four years, new figures released on Thursday reveal. Initial teacher training statistics for 2017-18 show that 53 per cent of final year trainees went via the school-led route, rather than through a higher education institution (HEI). In last year’s

    12.28 Jul. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted's warning as investigation finds most Steiner schools aren't 'good'

    Ofsted has identified “serious issues” at Steiner schools across England, rating more than three quarters of them as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, has written to Damian Hinds, the education secretary, to outline her concerns about the schools, which advocate a holistic approach to education based on the teachings

    16.25 Jul. 22nd, 2019 | News