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Justine Greening is the new secretary of state for education, replacing Nicky Morgan who has served in the role for two years. Greening was tipped for the role...
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Justine Greening has been announced as the new education secretary, in Theresa May’s first cabinet line-up. Here is what we know about her: 1. Born in 1969, Justine...
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Over the next four years, half of all primary schools in England will receive a share of £41 million to support the introduction of whole-class maths teaching based...
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The government is to finally publish its much-delayed reports into initial teacher training and professional development. Three expert groups were commissioned last year to look closely at initial...
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The results of Key Stage 2 SATs, which will be published today, are not directly comparable to results from previous years, the education secretary Nicky Morgan has warned....
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The education secretary Nicky Morgan has said she believes all children born to EU national parents, but resident in the UK, should be guaranteed continued access to their...
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Schools minister Nick Gibb has publicly announced his support for Boris Johnson as the next Conservative party leader, thereby snubbing Nicky Morgan – the education secretary and his...
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The government must fund schools sufficiently, tell academies to observe national terms and conditions and promise “meaningful talks” to avoid strike action by teachers next week, the National...
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Schools will know by noon on Thursday if education secretary Nicky Morgan is to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party. A ruling today means all potential...
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Pat Glass is the new shadow education secretary. Here are some of the things we know about her. 1. Her background is in education at a council and...
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Former shadow education minister Pat Glass will serve as shadow education secretary following the resignation of Lucy Powell, it has been announced. Glass, who is the MP for...
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Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has resigned from the Shadow Cabinet led by Jeremy Corbyn. In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Powell wrote that his leadership...
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A new lead non-executive director is being sought by the Department for Education (DfE) after academy trust chair Sir Paul Marshall announced his intention to stand down from the role....
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Parents are being re-assured that pupils and staff at Birstall Primary Academy are safe after the school was locked down following a shooting nearby. The Labour MP for...
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Almost two-thirds of sixth form colleges (SFCs) have registered an interest with the government in converting to an academy, it has been revealed. According to the Sixth Form...
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Government should not “get in the way” of local authorities that want to form multi-academy trusts, with the national schools commissioner claiming he does not want to “go...
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A requirement for academy trusts to demonstrate a “track record” of school improvement before being allowed to expand “could be counter-intuitive”, national schools commissioner Sir David Carter has...
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Schools will not be given a new legal duty to identify and deal with sexism because it is “not a safeguarding issue”, the government has said, despite claims...
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Performance data for the eight regional schools commissioners should be published “in the spirit of transparency”, Sir David Carter has said. The national schools commissioner told MPs this...
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A prominent think tank set up by the Liberal Democrats will abandon its political links and focus exclusively on education following a landmark name change and the recruitment...
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A curriculum restructure at seven secondary schools in Yorkshire and the Humber will lead to more than 88 jobs cuts as creative subjects are ditched in favour of...
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Academy trust leaders have  again topped the Queen’s birthday honours list, with ARK chair Paul Marshall (above, centre) and Twyford church schools trust head Alice Hudson (below, right)...
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No one! Sadly, the hot-take edupolicy nerds asked to lay the initial bets from which we devised the honours list didn’t pick a single winner. (Yes, yes, punishment...
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Almost £1 billion will have been spent on bursaries for new teachers by next year, but their effectiveness has not been properly evaluated, the National Audit Office has...
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Teachers are “victim-blaming” pupils and often dismiss sexual harassment as “horseplay” because they lack the training and skills necessary to identify problems, MPs have been told. The House...
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The East Midlands is the “worst-performing region in the country”, where education for thousands of pupils is “distinctly second-division”, Sir Michael Wilshaw has said, after Ofsted bosses wrote...
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The best state schools should change their admissions rules and bus in more disadvantaged pupils to boost aspirations, the Sutton Trust has said, after it revealed disinterest in university trebled...
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Schools are not getting enough funding to provide for pupils with special educational needs (SEND), according to more than eight in ten school leaders. The survey by The...
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Schools are failing to equip pupils for an “uncertain world” and should teach problem-solving skills rather than simply training children to follow instructions, a former government adviser has...
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A panel of experts has been commissioned to examine whether teacher shortages could be addressed using migrants from outside the European Union after a recruiter reported having to...
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A key report from the body which recommends teachers’ pay will not be published until after the EU referendum, despite having been sent to government almost a month...
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New maths GCSEs are being introduced too quickly and are risking a “mess”, subject leaders today warned as one teacher reported working seven days a week to implement the...
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Pank Patel, Regional Schools Commissioner for the West Midlands, is stepping down from his post to take up leadership of an academy in the area. Mr Patel was...
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Teach First and IPPR North are calling on policy makers to use reform of the schools funding formula to boost educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in the north....
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The government will seek “whatever measures necessary” to firm up term-time holiday rules, ministers have vowed after a dad who took his daughter to Disney World won a...
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A consultation on plans to make year 7 pupils resit key stage 2 tests will go ahead in 2016/17, the government has confirmed. The future of the controversial resits...
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Secondary schools will be forced to promote the National Citizen Service under new legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech. A new “statutory footing” for the service, first launched by...
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Plans to “move towards” a fully-academised school system by targeting areas where councils are underperforming or unviable have been laid out in the Queen’s Speech, after the government...
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Schools will remain accountable for the education of excluded pupils and be held responsible for finding them alternative provision under new rules announced by the government. But the...
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The state opening of Parliament will begin at 11.30am, with the Queen using her annual speech to announce upcoming legislation on behalf of the government. There are a...
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Weaknesses in current legislation on home-schooling are being exploited by illegal schools, which may be putting children at “significant risk of harm and indoctrination”, Michael Wilshaw has said...
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The number of primary schools set to be deemed as “failing” this year by falling below government floor standards is likely to be much higher than first thought after Nicky Morgan...
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The government has abandoned plans to force all schools to become academies, the government has confirmed. This is a u-turn on proposals announced in the budget and developed in the education...
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The definition of “underperforming” councils that will be used to force schools to convert to academies will be set out in a consultation and put to a vote of...
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Controversial safeguarding rules which caused teachers to be unnecessarily suspended from work could be scrapped, the government has announced. The Department for Education has launched a consultation on disqualification...
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Another of the government’s flagship University Technical Colleges has announced plans to close this summer after reporting a lack of financial viability. According to the Burnley Express, UTC Lancashire...
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More than 80 free places offered to the government by boarding schools to house and educate unaccompanied Syrian refugees have gone unfilled, it has been revealed. The places,...
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The legal right of parents to pull their children out of religious education should be removed, headteachers have said. The National Association of Headteachers has passed a motion...
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Plans to convert all schools into academies risk creating “boom times for lawyers, auditors and consultants” while teachers struggle, a union leader has said as he called for...
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A working baseline test should be introduced for reception pupils and statutory key stage 1 assessment should be “scrapped altogether”, a union leader has said as he warned...
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Headteachers will consider industrial action over a bid to turn all schools into academies after a union passed a motion opposing government plans. A motion against full academisation was amended...
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A sexism row has erupted between Nicky Morgan and a headteacher after she was quizzed on the balance of power in her department. The education secretary accused Simon...
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The number of primary schools which fall below government floor standards this year will be in the hundreds rather than the thousands despite harder tests at key stage...
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Plans by parents to keep pupils away from primary schools on Tuesday in protest against the government’s testing regime can’t be condoned by headteachers, but are unlikely to...
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Schools cannot face another year of “chaotic and distracting” assessment changes, headteachers have warned as they prepare to gather to discuss the biggest issues facing the sector. The...
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Academy trusts that cannot demonstrate a “strong track record” in improving schools will not be allowed to take on more schools, Nicky Morgan has said in apparent contradiction...
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The best teachers are those who are “the most supportive of textbooks”, a leading exam expert has claimed after launching a new set of principles to improve how...
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Children with mild attention problems are three months behind their peers when they leave primary school, according to a study. Academics from Durham and Nottingham universities looked at the...
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Poor pupils are twice as likely to have unqualified teachers as their richer peers, suggests research using data from the November 2014 workforce census. A report by the...
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Legislation to force all state schools in England to become academies will be announced in the Queen’s Speech, David Cameron has confirmed. The prime minister told MPs in parliament...
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Schools should be punished if they sign students up to inappropriate A-level courses that they later abandon, according to skills minister Nick Boles. He made the comments in front...
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Ofqual has written to exam boards this week demanding proof their qualifications are up to scratch. The regulator has ordered boards to provide evidence their qualifications can be...
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The government has been accused of rushing out its plan to create ‘parent councils’ as a response to the removal of parent governor rights. During a House of...
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Questions about the future role of local authorities in schools went unanswered as Nicky Morgan faced a grilling from MPs about plans to convert all schools into academies....
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A prominent independent school could test and monitor all of its pupils to identify those vulnerable to ‘meltdown’ after a successful trial of a new system. Wellington College...
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New rules for allocating top grades in GCSEs have been floated by the exams watchdog Ofqual. From summer 2017, pupils will sit new GCSEs in English and maths,...
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Primary schools will not have to make their pupils sit controversial new key stage 1 spelling and grammar tests this year after a leak of the test paper...
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Endangered GCSEs and A levels in languages including Panjabi, Portuguese and Japanese have been saved after a deal was struck between the government and three of England’s largest...
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Schools should be “freed from the obligation” of running this year’s key stage 1 spelling, grammar and punctuation test after the paper was accidentally leaked online, headteachers have...
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The Department for Education’s financial statements lack “truth and fairness” according to the government’s audit watchdog. The department (DfE) finally published its accounts for 2014/15 today, four months...
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Personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE) should be compulsory in schools to protect teachers from accusations of hidden agendas and “brainwashing” from hostile parents, a union has...
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Jonathan Slater, a senior Cabinet Office official who has also worked in the Ministries of Justice and Defence, has been appointed to lead civil servants at the Department...
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School pupils fasting for Ramadan should have access to quiet resting space, cooler classrooms and room for prayer near exam halls, according to union advice that has been backed by...
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School headteachers and business managers have joined forces to express their fears and aspirations about plans for a new national funding formula. The government is currently consulting on...
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Private finance initiative contracts should be reviewed by the government as it plans a new national funding formula, so as not to “jeopardise the financial health” of schools, the...
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Why are the Conservatives intent on making every school into an academy? It’s not about standards, it’s all about the money, writes Mike Cameron. It is becoming clear...
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The government has updated its guidance for open academies trying to make “significant changes”. The release follows a campaign by post-16 institutions for tougher restrictions on the practice, borne...
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The gap in spending on pupils between the poorest and richest schools in England has doubled over the past two decades as successive governments targeted extra funding at...
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Long-awaited transparency information about the country’s nine schools commissioners will be published by the government this month, finally fulfilling a demand made by MPs in January. Lord Nash,...
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Politicians will discuss the lack of creative subjects in the government’s new EBacc after a drama teacher’s petition was signed by more than 100,000 people. The House of...
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School leaders may be forced to report parents who purposely keep their children at home during this summer’s SATs, leaving boycotters open to prosecution, jail time and fines...
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Ofsted has taken aim at Reading Council over GCSE results, despite the fact three quarters of secondary schools in the borough are academies. The Labour-controlled council has been...
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A call for help with teachers’ mortgage deposits and for closer work between schools has been backed by school leaders, as a leading education organisation warned of “deeply...
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Maths teachers should focus less on marking and more on lesson planning, the organisation that represents the subject at a national level has said. The National Centre for Excellence...
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The influence of teachers over their pupils’ career choices should be “explicitly recognised” and “actively promoted” by government in a bid to better promote engineering as a subject,...
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Young people who miss school as a result of their mental health are being turned away from services because their conditions are not sufficiently “complex”, a leading think...
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Controversial primary school baseline tests will not be used to track school performance, the government has announced. Following a comparability study, the Department for Education has confirmed it will not be...
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The national curriculum should be scrapped for pupils over 14 and responsibility for careers advice taken away from schools, to help young people make the right choices about...
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School libraries should be inspected by Ofsted, a union has ruled, as a group representing school librarians reported declining membership and books “ending up in skips”. A motion...
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Talks about the possible formation of a ‘super union’ between the National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers will be stepped up after ATL members...
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The Association of Teachers and Lecturers has unanimously voted to consider industrial action in response to the government’s plan to turn all schools into academies. A motion which rejects the...
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A campaign for universal access to school-based counselling services will be launched by teachers today, as union leaders warn of the stress of a test-focused curriculum. A motion...
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An “insane” national curriculum and “test mania” are forcing teachers out of the profession and making children ill, Mary Bousted said, as she issued a rallying call for joint...
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Teachers should base their approach on evidence and not on the “latest fad” from Ofsted, Nick Gibb has told education professionals as he expressed fears about the approach...
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Ministers with “pet subjects” meddling in curriculum and creating “impossible” assessment changes would become a thing of the past under a Labour government, the shadow education secretary has...
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Labour will work with back-bench Conservatives to oppose government plans to turn all schools into academies, Lucy Powell has confirmed. The shadow education secretary said she was willing...
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Schools minister Nick Gibb and shadow education secretary Lucy Powell will address teachers in Liverpool next week as the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) meets to agree...
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A move to turn all schools into academies risks the closure of small and “expensive” rural schools, as academy trusts avoid or try to shift the “less attractive”...
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Opportunities for young people, such as learning from native speakers of French, German and Spanish, could be put at risk if Britain leaves the European Union, Nicky Morgan...