Nicky Phillips

  • Sixth-form colleges warned not to rush into multi-academy trusts

    Sixth-form colleges should not rush into partnerships with schools to create all-through academy trusts, a sector leader has warned. Schools Week revealed last week how 60 of the 93 sixth-form colleges in England had told the government they were interested in becoming academies. Their interest follows a rule change that allowed the institutions to avoid paying VAT

    5.00 Jun. 27th, 2016 | News

  • EXCLUSIVE: Resignations leave AET board 'struggling'

    The boss of the country’s largest multi-academy trust has admitted it will struggle to run key committees after the chair stood down and six trustees quit. According to Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), former chair Jude Chin (pictured) has taken over as the new vice-chair following the resignations in late May of  former vice chair Ian

    5.00 Jun. 27th, 2016 | News

  • DfE silent on pupil catch-up premium for 2016-17

    Schools will continue to receive extra money to help pupils who fall behind in reading and maths, but criteria for deciding who will receive the cash — and how much — is still unknown. The Department for Education confirmed the catch-up premium will continue to be paid to secondary schools in 2016-17, but is still

    5.00 Jun. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Science lab in £8m primary building

    Geneticist Dame Kay Davies officially opened the UK’s first Earth Charter school earlier this month when she cut the ribbon to a new £8 million Avonwood primary school building in Bournemouth that includes a purpose-built science laboratory. As an Earth Charter school, the primary will follow the principles of the Rio-based organisation that promotes tolerance

    13.00 Jun. 26th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • ofqual up for award

    Ofqual has been nominated for a public sector award in two categories for a consultation that sought pupils’ views on marking reviews and appeals. The watchdog wrote to headteachers in 6,500 schools in February to ask for their help in recruiting pupils to take a short survey on marking, with a chance to win an

    10.00 Jun. 26th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • £2m 'character education' grant goes to military-style projects

    A third of a £6 million funding pot aimed at building character in school pupils will be targeted at military-style projects, prompting criticism from campaigners. The government has said that up to £2 million of its character education grant funding will this year pay for projects that have a “military ethos approach to develop character”.

    5.00 Jun. 26th, 2016 | News

  • Teens help toddlers in Norfolk scheme

    A programme that pairs teenagers at risk of disengaging from school as mentors to young children has been run in Norfolk for the first time. Launched in February for 18 weeks, a small group of year 9 and 10 students from City Academy Norwich have spent one afternoon a week out of school working with children

    13.00 Jun. 25th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • Nia Salt, Kirstie Fulthorpe and Matthew Warren

    Nia Salt is to take over as principal of Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise academy when the current head Dave Smith leaves next month. She has been vice-principal at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, in Stoke-on-Trent for the past five years. Before joining Ormiston, Salt was assistant principal at Sir William Stanier academy, in Crewe. She says

    12.00 Jun. 25th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • Garden furniture for local residents

    Pupils with severe learning difficulties at Oaklands School in Middlesex got a helping hand from John Laing training instructors to make wooden benches and planters for local elderly residents. Anne Clinton, Oakland’s headteacher, says the six-week project has been particularly important to the pupils because they “have made a product for other people which they

    10.00 Jun. 25th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • Exam markers beware, there's a camera near you

    Examiners should be aware of the dangers of social media after two separate posts on Twitter sparked concerns that exams have been marked in public. Both tweets showed pictures of papers being marked on trains, with the posters suggesting they were examiners checking current pupils’ exams. Examiners are in breach of their contract if they

    5.00 Jun. 25th, 2016 | News

  • Heads authorise school absences for Wimbledon

    School leaders have backed their decision to allow pupils two weeks off school to work as ball boys and girls at Wimbledon, despite Nick Gibb’s warning that even one week off could have a “significant impact” on grades. Last month the schools minister said the government would do “everything in its power” to ensure headteachers

    5.00 Jun. 25th, 2016 | News