Philip Nye

  • Momentum continues for fight to give teachers free research journal access

    A petition calling for teachers to be given free access to research journals continues to attract new supporters. On Friday, Schools Week reported that the petition, set up by English teacher Vincent Lien had been gathering momentum as part of the #teacher5aday push on Twitter to get teachers thinking about their well-being. The petition has now

    19.40 Jan. 5th, 2015 | News

  • Government puts £1.8bn price tag on Labour school policies

    Labour’s school policies could cost more than £1.8bn to implement should the party win the general election, the government has claimed. The figures were released by the government in a raft of opposition party policy costings – one of the opening shots in the general election campaign. On Labour’s policy to introduce Directors of School

    13.17 Jan. 5th, 2015 | News

  • Give teachers free access to academic research, says petition

    Teachers should be given free access to research journals to help drive improvement in education, according to a petition addressed to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. The petition, which hopes to gather 500 signatures, says that free access to journals is “absolutely fundamental” to moving towards a position where teaching practice is more informed by research.

    16.26 Jan. 2nd, 2015 | News

  • More schools hit with exam malpractice penalties

    The number of school and colleges issued with penalties for exam malpractice increased sharply this summer, newly released figures show. In total, 217 schools were hit with penalties for issues identified during GCSEs and A-levels this summer, up on the 140 penalties issued a year before. The increase coincided with the end of modular study

    13.07 Dec. 12th, 2014 | News

  • DfE agrees to publish regional schools commissioner registers of interests

    Education ministers have committed to greater transparency around regional schools commissioners, following criticism of them as “unaccountable and opaque”. Responding to a parliamentary question, Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said the Department for Education would start to publish a register of interests for the regional schools commissioners (RSCs) from the new year. Details of meetings held by

    18.59 Dec. 10th, 2014 | News

  • Ofqual accredits six new practical maths qualifications

    Children could be taught how to calculate change in house prices, or the value of mortgages, as part of new vocational maths qualifications announced today. Six new post-16 qualifications have been announced by the government, as part of a drive to boost practical maths skills. The level three qualifications will count towards new performance tables

    17.13 Dec. 5th, 2014 | News

  • Four academy trusts hit with financial notices to improve

    A slew of financial notices to improve for academy trusts have been published this afternoon by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), in the sector’s own ‘Black Friday’. Four academy trusts have been hit with the notices to improve after a number of financial management and governance concerns were identified. The trusts are: Theale Green Academy

    17.36 Nov. 28th, 2014 | News

  • Missed teacher training targets 'storing up trouble'

    Concerns have been raised about efforts to train sufficient numbers of teachers after figures were released showing that the number of new trainees has dropped for a third consecutive year. In total, 32,779 people started Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses in September, according to a first release of training census figures, down on 32,543 last

    16.55 Nov. 27th, 2014 | News

  • Outstanding Tower Hamlets school downgraded over 'extremism' failings

    A Church of England secondary school has been rated inadequate – down from outstanding – after Ofsted found that not enough was done to ensure its students understood the risks of extremism. The inspectorate has recommended that the school be put into special measures immediately. Sir John Cass school in Tower Hamlets, east London, has

    9.46 Nov. 21st, 2014 | News

  • Ofsted raises safeguarding concerns at six independent faith schools in Tower Hamlets

    Six independent Muslim faith schools have also been hit with “serious concerns” from Ofsted over the safeguarding of their pupils, after a wave of inspections carried out at the request of the Department for Education (DfE). Inspection reports for the schools in Tower Hamlets have been published alongside that of a maintained school, Sir John

    11.16 Nov. 21st, 2014 | News

  • Wilshaw: School was right to send 150 pupils home over uniform breaches

    A school that sent home more than 150 pupils in one day for breaches of its uniform policy has been defended by the head of Ofsted. Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw said that criticism of the move as “petty” were unjust, and that the principal had been giving the pupils a lesson in “how to

    14.25 Nov. 18th, 2014 | News