Kathryn Snowdon

  • DfE-approved schools ICT supplier Gaia enters administration

    A major ICT supplier to schools has entered administration due to “severe cashflow issues”. Gaia Technologies describes itself on its website as “one of the leading providers of ICT solutions to UK schools” which “manages and maintains IT assets”. The firm says it has 500 education customers and is on the Department for Education’s approved

    19.38 Aug. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Poorer pupils lag behind wealthier peers in all EBacc subjects

    Poorer pupils lag behind their wealthier peers in all English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects, new research released on the eve of GCSE results day shows. The new study, by teacher trainer charity Teach First, found that in every EBacc subject, pupils going to school in disadvantaged areas were much less likely to pass compared to their

    0.01 Aug. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Pearson will issue 'revised grades' for some BTEC pupils who missed re-sit chance

    Pearson has pledged to issue “revised grades” for some pupils who may have been disadvantaged by missing out on the opportunity to re-sit exams after its last-minute decision to hike grade boundaries. Writing exclusively for Schools Week, Cindy Rampersaud, Pearson senior vice president, and Derek Richardson, Pearson vice president, said they “apologise unreservedly” for how

    13.18 Aug. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Fair Access Protocols: Council pleas for DfE to intervene up nearly 50%

    Pleas from councils for the education secretary to intervene over admission rows soared by nearly 50 per cent last year – indicating that more schools are refusing to take in vulnerable pupils. New figures reveal the number of appeals for the government to intervene after an academy has failed to accept a child who has

    5.00 Aug. 26th, 2019 | News

  • 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