Kathryn Snowdon

  • Sprinklers installed in just 3% of schools that had fires in last 5 years

    Sprinklers were installed in just 3 per cent of English schools where fires broke out in the past five years, Schools Week can reveal. Ministers are now under increasing pressure to make sprinklers compulsory in all new and refurbished schools – as is the case in Scotland. The news comes as the government drags its

    15.00 Sep. 27th, 2019 | News

  • Almost 1 in 3 teachers report kids being withdrawn from RE, and 4 other NATRE survey findings

    Schools are failing to meet their legal obligations to teach religious education (RE), a new poll from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) has found. Schools in England are legally required to teach RE, but NATRE found there were a number of challenges which meant pupils were not getting access to the

    13.36 Sep. 27th, 2019 | News

  • Retired head gets VIP message after special award win

    Tony Blair has honoured one of the “pioneers” of the academies system, Ros McMullen, after she was presented with a special recognition award at the National Trust Leaders Conference in Nottingham today. The former Labour prime minister, whose government introduced the academies programme, recorded a video tribute to McMullen, praising her services to the sector.

    14.17 Sep. 26th, 2019 | News

  • Academy trust leaders struggling to juggle finances and growth

    The majority of academy trust leaders are worried that growth could have a negative effect on schools in their trust – but financial pressures mean many are trying to expand anyway, new research reveals. Findings released by The Key, in partnership with the Forum Strategy, show that only 12 per cent of leaders are “not

    0.01 Sep. 26th, 2019 | News

  • State schools fall behind in harnessing alumni to boost pupils' job prospects

    Private schools are more than twice as likely as their state counterparts to call on alumni to help open up career opportunities for their pupils, new figures have revealed. Research carried out by education charity Future First found 67 per cent of independent secondary school teachers used alumni to offer students access to careers and

    0.01 Sep. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted recruits 30 inspectors to ramp up outstanding school visits

    Ofsted has launched a £2 million pound recruitment push ahead of the expected lifting of the exemption for “outstanding” schools. The watchdog is looking to take on another 30 inspectors (HMI) on starting salaries of £72,665 once they have passed probation, according to its advert. If all 30 roles are filled, the salaries would total

    5.00 Sep. 21st, 2019 | News

  • 1 in 5 new teachers not employed in state schools within 16 months of qualifying

    Nearly a fifth of teachers were not teaching in a state-funded school in England within 16 months of qualifying, new statistics released today show. Figures released by the Department for Education reveal that the percentage of teachers working in a state school a year and four months after being awarded qualified teacher status dropped from

    11.49 Sep. 19th, 2019 | News

  • 'Shocking failure of SEND system' highlighted in damning NAO report

    The government’s own auditor has revealed that insufficient funding and severely stretched council budgets have left pupils with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) without the support they need. Campaigners say the findings reveal a “shocking failure” of the SEND system. The National Audit Office (NAO) report also reveals that local authorities’ spending on independent

    0.01 Sep. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted's off-rolling analysis reveals 13% spike in schools with 'exceptional' pupil movement

    The number of schools with exceptional levels of pupil movement has risen by 13 per cent in one year, despite Ofsted’s action to crack down on off-rolling. Analysis released today reveals that 340 schools had exceptional levels of pupil movement, up from 300 the year before. The watchdog’s latest study looked at pupil movement between

    13.08 Sep. 6th, 2019 | News

  • SEND review launched to tackle 'postcode lottery' of support

    The Department for Education has today launched a review into tackling the “postcode lottery” of support services available for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – just five years after launching its own major reforms to the sector. The SEND review aims to improve the services available to families and equip school staff to

    11.24 Sep. 6th, 2019 | News

  • New times-tables test 'fails to tell 94% of teachers anything new about children's ability'

    The government’s multiplication tables check (MTC) failed to tell 94 per cent of school leaders anything new about the ability of their year 4 children, a new survey has revealed. Meanwhile, 85 per cent of school leaders said that administering the test increased their workload, with just 5 per cent saying that the additional workload

    0.01 Sep. 6th, 2019 | News