Paul Bishop

  • Revisions published for final reformed GCSE and A levels following consultation

    Revisions have today (Thursday, February 12) been published to the subject content for the final set of reformed GCSE and A levels following a government consultation. The changes to GCSEs in citizenship, drama, food preparation and nutrition, and religious studies along with A levels in drama and theatre, and religious studies were revealed in the

    20.40 Feb. 12th, 2015 | News

  • Government pledges £1.6 billion to support creation of new school places

    The government has today (Thursday, February 12) announced £1.6 billion of capital funding to support the creation of new school places needed by 2018. A total of £1.3 billion is being granted to local authorities for 2017 to 2018 while the £300 million top-slice held back from the 2015 to 2017 allocation will be targeted

    13.14 Feb. 12th, 2015 | News

  • University of Brighton chosen to lead Troops to Teachers scheme

    The University of Brighton has today (Wednesday, February 11) been chosen by the government to lead the expansion of a scheme that encourages former soldiers and other service personnel to train as teachers. It has won the tender for the extended Troops to Teachers programme and will deliver the partnership with selected higher education institutions

    14.53 Feb. 11th, 2015 | News

  • Ofsted orders urgent action over decline of Reading schools

    Ofsted has ordered Reading Borough Council to urgently address the declining performance of its schools. The education watchdog has today (Tuesday, February 10) published a letter written to the council saying urgent action is needed to tackle under-performing schools following a focused inspection last October. The focused inspection reviewed 10 of the 56 schools in

    12.22 Feb. 10th, 2015 | News

  • No evidence of fraud at 'Trojan horse' school rules EFA.

    An investigation into an education trust and one of its schools, involved in the “Trojan horse” affair, has found no evidence of fraud. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) investigated allegations of fraud and irregularity at Park View Education Trust (PVET) and Park View School. The allegations related to the between April 1, 2012 and May

    17.32 Feb. 6th, 2015 | News

  • Reception baseline assessment providers set 10 per cent recruitment target

    The Standards and Testing Agency has confirmed the six providers for reception baseline assessments, as it is revealed providers must recruit at least 10 per cent of schools by the end of April in order to go ahead. Schools have been informed that if their chosen provider does not recruit enough schools in the coming

    14.04 Feb. 5th, 2015 | News

  • 140 secondary schools given cash bonus as they qualify for 2015 Pupil Premium Awards

    A total of 140 secondary schools will receive at least a £5,000 cash boost after being announced as  key stage 4 finalists in the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards. Eligible schools are now invited to apply for the top prizes worth up to £250,000. The Pupil Premium Awards recognise schools that are using their pupil premium

    12.50 Feb. 5th, 2015 | News

  • Top primary school has exam results annulled after investigation

    A London primary school which was previously labelled as the best in the country has seen its entire exam results annulled on the grounds of “maladministration”. Grinling Gibbons Primary School in Deptford has had its 2014 Key Stage 2 test results declared void because of doubts about the accuracy of the students’ scores. The decision was

    12.15 Feb. 5th, 2015 | News

  • NUT deputy general secretary “misrepresented the conclusions of the education committee”

    The chair of the education select committee has written to deputy general secretary of the NUT Kevin Courtney accusing him of misrepresenting its views on academies. Graham Stuart sent the letter in his capacity as a constituency MP following both men’s appearance on the BBC News Channel on Monday. According to Mr Stuart, Mr Courtney

    17.53 Feb. 4th, 2015 | News

  • Ofsted confirms radical reforms to education inspections

    New criteria will be used across all education inspections following significant reforms announced by Ofsted today. From September 2015, schools will be assessed on the same four criteria as early learning and further education and skills providers. Ofsted’s Better inspection for all report, published today, describes public response to a consultation about the reforms and

    11.10 Feb. 3rd, 2015 | News

  • Minister withdraws pupil exclusion guidance less than a month after new rules start

    A guide on pupil exclusion has been withdrawn – less than a month after updated rules came into force. School reform minister Nick Gibb is to adapt the guide “to address some issues with process”, said a government notice on Monday. New guidelines were issued in December, coming into effect on January 5, in a

    22.54 Feb. 2nd, 2015 | News