Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • AQA to pay out £1.1m for 'serious breaches' on exam re-marks

    AQA has been fined £350,000 – the largest penalty ever handed out by Ofqual – and will compensate schools by £740,000 after “serious breaches” of rules over re-marks. The exam board failed to ensure re-marks and moderation of GCSEs and A-levels were not carried out by the original marker, or by someone without a personal

    13.04 Oct. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Children with complex needs forced into home education as 'last resort', warns Ofsted

    Home education is often the “last resort” of parents of secondary school children with complex needs after their relationship with school has broken down, Ofsted has warned. The inspectorate’s new research has called for changes to legislation to ensure that agencies including schools and local authorities provide more support to home educated children and their

    0.01 Oct. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted 'considers' approach to gender segregation after quashing 'inadequate' inspection of Jewish school

    Ofsted is considering whether to change its approach to gender segregation after quashing the ‘inadequate’ rating of a Jewish school it accused of breaking equalities laws. King David High School in Manchester received the lowest possible rating in an inspection report published in June after inspectors accused it of “unlawful segregation on the grounds of

    5.00 Oct. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Chair of Star Academies joins DfE's Falcon Trust for 'orphan' schools

    A second chair of trustees at a leading academy trust has joined a new chain set up by the government to take over schools that no-one wants. Schools Week revealed last month that David Earnshaw, chair of the Outwood Grange Academies Trust, would be chairing the Falcon Education Academies Trust. The specialist academy trust will

    19.00 Oct. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Heads told to take notes as new parent-focused Ofsted reports omit details

    School leaders have been advised to take notes during feedback meetings with Ofsted as new reports omit detailed findings in favour of simplified language for parents. Reports published since the new framework was introduced on September 1 are half the length of the old ones and use general headings such as “what is it like

    15.00 Oct. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Fewer than 1 in 5 primaries drop a grade under new Ofsted framework

    Primary schools have been told they’re not expected to “teach in a secondary way”, as early analysis shows grades fell in fewer than one in five after new inspections. Previous analysis based on trial runs of Ofsted’s new framework found primaries scored poorly on curriculum quality. Ofsted pledged to give schools a year’s grace to

    13.00 Oct. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted 'deep-dives': Inspectors scrutinising areas outside their expertise

    Ofsted’s “deep dives” into the curriculum have focused on reading and mathematics, but reports show inspectors are scrutinising subjects outside their expertise. Schools Week’s analysis of the 55 inspection reports published so far show they focused on maths in 50 schools and reading in 46. However, some lead inspectors are not listed on the Ofsted

    10.21 Oct. 11th, 2019 | News

  • Bright Tribe investigation referred to fraud police

    A police investigation into the collapsed Bright Tribe academy trust has been referred to the City of London’s fraud squad. The trust was reported to Cumbria police back in 2017 following allegations of financial mismanagement at Whitehaven Academy. However police have refused to provide information about the nature of their enquiries. Schools Week has now

    17.46 Oct. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted criticises 3-year GCSEs and low EBacc entry in new inspection report

    Ofsted has criticised a school for running three-year GCSEs and having too few pupils taking the English Baccalaureate as the first wave of reports under the new inspection framework are published. The framework, which came into force last month, includes an overall quality of education judgement which Ofsted has said will place emphasis on the

    17.41 Oct. 7th, 2019 | News

  • Phased bursaries worth £35k rolled out to physics, chemistry and MFL

    Trainee teachers in physics, chemistry and modern foreign languages will get new retention payments of up to £9,000 staggered across the first four years of their teaching career – on top of their £26,000 bursary payment. The new phased bursaries, first set out in the government’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy in January, will come

    0.01 Oct. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Second finance warning notice for Rodillian Multi Academy Trust

    A troubled academy trust has been hit with a rare second financial notice and told to bring in business experts as trustees after ongoing concerns about “weak financial governance and management”. Rodillian Multi Academy Trust, which runs four schools in Yorkshire, has been told it must appoint new trustees that are approved by the Education

    16.10 Oct. 4th, 2019 | News