Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Two-fifths of headteachers axe school trips to save money

    Two-fifths of headteachers say they have had to cut back on school trips in an effort to save money. According to a poll for The Sutton Trust, an educational charity which aims to improve social mobility, more than two thirds of secondary school senior leaders have also cut back on teachers (69 per cent) and

    0.01 Apr. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Four-fifths of teachers say pupils’ mental health is getting worse

    Teachers have warned of a growing “crisis” in pupil mental health, with over 80 per cent saying the problems have got worse in the last two years. Less than half of the 8,000 teachers, school leaders and support staff surveyed by the National Education Union also reported having a school counsellor, with a third saying

    0.01 Apr. 17th, 2019 | News

  • NEU warns of £1.2 billion SEND funding shortfall

    England faces a £1.2 billion shortfall in special needs funding, the National Education Union has warned, as its members prepare to vote on possible strike action over job cuts. On the first day of its annual conference, the union has released analysis which shows that 93 per cent of local authority areas across England now

    0.05 Apr. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Treasury claws back £300m in unspent funding from the DfE

    The Treasury has clawed back more than £300 million in funding from the Department for Education’s budget after money paid into the apprenticeship levy went unspent, Schools Week can reveal. School leaders today lamented the fact that the cash – a proportion of which will have been paid in by schools that then struggled to find

    10.20 Apr. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Hundreds of prospective teachers failed QTS skills test because of marking 'error'

    An error in a mark scheme for a skills test would-be teachers must pass before training has led to hundreds of candidates failing the test, the government has admitted. Schools minister Nick Gibb admitted the error in the literacy skills test mark scheme had been in place for at least 10 years. Between September 2017

    13.43 Apr. 11th, 2019 | News

  • EPI: School admissions appeals and waiting lists 'increase social segregation'

    The current system for dealing with school place appeals and waiting lists leads to increased social segregation and must be reformed, according to a think tank. The Education Policy Institute has warned that the way the system works now risks “damaging social mobility” after analysis found pupils in the most affluent areas are more than

    0.01 Apr. 11th, 2019 | News

  • DfE confirms it will 'fully fund' £830m teacher pension contributions rise next year

    The government has confirmed it will “fully fund” the estimated £830 million cost of rising pensions contributions for schools next year. In a response to its own consultation on changes to the teacher pension scheme that will see schools’ contributions to the teachers’ pension scheme rocket by more than 40 per cent, the Department for

    14.41 Apr. 10th, 2019 | News

  • No 'parental veto' on relationships and sex education curriculum, insists Hinds

    The education secretary has reassured headteachers that consulting with parents about new relationships and sex education “does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content”. In a letter to the NAHT union, Damian Hinds has said it is “important” for schools to consult with parents and carers about the way they plan to teach the

    13.26 Apr. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Academy with £20 million PFI contract ordered to improve its finances

    A school tied into a £20 million PFI contract and with “significant” deficits forecast this year has been ordered by the government to improve its finances and join a multi-academy trust. Bradfield School in Sheffield, which is expecting to have racked up a deficit of £800,000 by August, has been told to begin the process

    15.33 Apr. 8th, 2019 | News

  • ‘Leadership void’ at the DfE gives us time to think, says former schools commissioner

    The former national schools commissioner says the Department for Education has a “leadership vacuum” with no clear vision for the schools sector. Sir David Carter, now executive director of system leadership at Ambition School Leadership, told a Headteachers’ Roundtable conference in Birmingham last week that the “void” in government thinking allowed school leaders and trusts

    5.00 Apr. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Charity commission looks into £50k consultancy fees paid to former education secretary

    The charity commission is looking into whether a school improvement charity has broken rules over “consultancy” fees of more than £50,000 paid to its chair, Baroness Estelle Morris, a former education secretary. Between 2015-16 and 2017-18, Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) paid Morris £54,421. The partnership receives funding to turn around struggling schools in the city.

    7.00 Apr. 6th, 2019 | News