Nicky Phillips

  • Covering black history is good teaching, says Gibb

    Good history teaching should “always include the contribution of black and minority ethnic people to Britain’s history”, the schools minister has said. Nick Gibb also told a parliamentary debate on the teaching of black history that he expected “more and more schools” to offer history students the chance to study migration and empire. Ministers are

    5.00 Sep. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Fears HSE spot checks will be latest outsourcing ‘disaster’

    The government’s “disastrous” record on outsourcing has left school leaders fearing the new coronavirus health and safety spot checks might “fall short”. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is making 15-minute phone calls to check schools in England have risk assessments in place and “appropriate arrangements” to reduce the risk posed by Covid-19. Inspectors could

    5.00 Sep. 19th, 2020 | News

  • Use existing Covid cash for educational psychologist boost, councils told

    Councils will have to use existing funding to pay for extra educational psychologists to help pupils readjust to school. The Department for Education this week called for recently retired educational psychologists, or those still working but with capacity, to make themselves known to councils to assist with pupil wellbeing as schooling resumes. However, when pressed

    5.00 Sep. 13th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted's autumn SEND 'visits' could prompt school inspections

    Inspections of local area SEND provision could prompt emergency visits to individual schools if “serious concerns” emerge, Ofsted has said. In July it was announced that full SEND inspections, normally conducted across whole council areas by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, would not go ahead in the autumn. Interim visits would be carried out

    5.00 Sep. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Council wants schools to 'prepare' for Ofsted visits

    A council in the south of England is insisting schools consider “adequate preparation plans” ahead of Ofsted’s autumn “visits”, despite reassurances from the inspectorate that no preparation is needed. Unions say the action by West Sussex confirms school leaders’ fears that the “visits” will create extra pressure and work for staff trying to get back

    17.00 Sep. 11th, 2020 | News

  • Head's 'fury' as vulnerable kids miss out due to PPE issues

    A headteacher is “furious” after having to tell parents of pupils with complex medical needs that they must stay at home because of a struggle to source appropriate protective equipment.  The Department for Education (DfE) is being urged to clarify arrangements for children who require specialist care, such as those with chronic lung disease, so

    15.00 Sep. 11th, 2020 | News

  • How performing arts schools are adapting to coronavirus rules

    It’s one of the most famous Shakespearean plays, known for the heart-wrenching romance of two star-crossed lovers.  But any hugs during school productions of Romeo and Juliet could be a thing of the past. Instead, they will become, as one head puts it, a “touch-free romance”. With the government’s hygiene and social distancing measures in

    5.00 Jul. 12th, 2020 | News

  • Council says it will back schools if they stagger return of year groups

    Lancashire County Council has promised to back schools if they choose to stagger the return of year groups this September – in defiance of ministers who say all pupils must return full-time from the start of the autumn term. But Conservative MP Robert Halfon, chair of the education select committee, said the council should be

    15.00 Jul. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Autumn catch up must not make pupils feel ‘penalised’

    Children who have fallen behind during the coronavirus crisis must not be made to feel they are being “penalised” by having to attend after-school catch-up classes, schools have been warned. The move came after Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy, a secondary in Hackney, emailed parents to say a catch-up programme for pupils who have “not engaged”

    7.00 Jul. 11th, 2020 | News

  • New NLEs have to show high standards with 'knowledge-rich curriculum'

    Only leaders who achieve high standards “in the context of a knowledge-rich curriculum” can become national leaders of education (NLEs). In February, the NLE advisory group published its review to shake-up the system, including recommendations to allow “transformative” academy trust chief executives and improvement directors into the programme. NLEs are successful school leaders who work

    5.00 Jun. 29th, 2020 | News

  • Schools to keep copyright of Oak’s online lessons

    Schools will own the copyright of lessons produced for Oak National Academy under its £4.3 million government-funded expansion next year. Schools Week revealed on Monday that the online classroom and resource hub would be funded as part of the Department for Education’s plan B should schools have to close again. Creating 10,000 lessons, Oak will

    17.00 Jun. 26th, 2020 | News