Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • DfE spent more than £23m on failed studio schools

    The government has spent more than £23 million on studio schools that have either closed or never opened but the price tag total won’t be known until the much-delayed publication of its final costs. Twenty-six studio schools have closed or announced plans to close since the scheme was introduced in 2010. In the past week

    5.00 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Teachers need resources to help pupils identify 'fake news'

    A report into the ability of children to identify so-called “fake news” wants teachers to get more training, resources and time to help tackle pupils’ “dangerous lack” of critical literacy skills. The study, which warned that just two per cent of pupils have the skills to understand whether a news story is false, revealed that

    0.01 Jun. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Salford Academy Trust to give up its four schools and close

    An academy trust that caters for some of the most disadvantaged pupils in Salford is to close and have all four of its schools rebrokered to new sponsors. The Salford Academy Trust was founded by Salford City College, the University of Salford and Salford City Council in 2012. The trust runs two primary schools: Dukesgate Primary Academy and

    17.02 Jun. 12th, 2018 | News

  • One company and two individuals charged with running an unregistered school

    An organisation and two individuals have been charged with running an unregistered school. The Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre Limited, based in Ealing in west London, has been charged with conducting an unregistered independent educational institution, contrary to the Education and Skills Act 2008, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed today. Nacerdine Talbi, 46, has also been charged with

    18.05 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Primary schools sought for air pollution study

    Primary schools in London and Luton are being invited to take part in a major new study into what impact policies to improve air quality have on pupils’ health. The Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL) study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will monitor 3,000 primary school pupils over four years

    12.32 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News

  • MI5 intelligence on potential extremists WON'T be shared with teachers

    MI5 has no plans to share sensitive intelligence information with teachers in a bid to combat terrorism despite reports to the contrary, the Home Office has confirmed. Instead, the job of teachers in fighting extremism will for the moment remain “limited to the important role they already play in all forms of safeguarding”. Sajid Javid,

    7.00 Jun. 9th, 2018 | News

  • DfE won't offer free sanitary products to counter period poverty

    The Department for Education will not follow the Scottish Government’s lead and provide free sanitary products for pupils in all English schools. Scotland will begin distributing sanitary products to pupils in every school, college and university from August, as well as to almost 20,000 adult women from low-income families. But Schools Week understands that ministers

    5.00 Jun. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Heath Family Trust issued with financial notice to improve

    An academy trust with eight schools in the north-west has been told to improve its finances or lose its funding. The Heath Family Trust (North West), which runs four primary and four secondary schools around Halton, Crewe and Knowsley, failed to set a balanced budget or establish strong internal financial controls, according to a financial

    16.56 Jun. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Small PRU trust Schools Company stripped of all four schools

    A multi-academy trust that presided over the deterioration of three pupil referral units and a secondary school has been stripped of all four. The Schools Company Trust (SCT) will no longer run any schools from September following a litany of disasters including inadequate safeguarding and poor financial management. The trust has sponsored three PRUs –

    7.00 Jun. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Bright Tribe shelves plan to merge with sister trust

    Plans for the beleaguered Bright Tribe Trust (BTT) to merge with its sister chain are now on hold – as the future of both trusts is under review. The 10-school BTT revealed plans to merge with Adventure Learning Academies Trust (ALAT) in May, in a move that would have seen the former chain “cease to

    14.50 Jun. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Schools are employing foreign teachers 'out of desperation'

    Schools are being forced to employ foreign teachers the face of a growing recruitment and retention crisis, but not for the benefits they bring to the classroom. Leaders are warning that the advantages of recruiting internationally, including greater diversity in the workforce and introducing pupils to different cultures, are “secondary” compared to the urgent need

    11.55 Jun. 7th, 2018 | News