Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • Doomed Schools Company Trust paid £4k for 'disturbing' workshop from Oscar Pistorius' aunt

    A failed multi-academy trust which ran three pupil referral units (PRUs) into the ground spent £4,000 to bring the psychologist aunt of Oscar Pistorius from South Africa for a staff training day. Former leaders at Schools Company Trust, due to close down with a deficit in the region of £8 million, paid a total of

    7.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Halt UTC expansion and recruit at 16, says think tank

    The government should halt its expansion of the controversial university technical colleges programme and review the model, a former schools minister has said, after damning new research faulted their academic progress and ability to recruit and retain learners. In a report that lays bare the major issues faced by the troubled 14 to 19 technical

    0.01 Oct. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: Uncovered emails discuss 'review' of studio schools programme, but DfE still denies it happened

    The Department for Education is still denying it conducted a formal review into the flagging studio schools programme – despite Schools Week discovering an attempt to cover-up internal emails which openly discussed the existence and timescale of the review. Schools Week revealed last year that the former academies minister Lord Nash had met with the

    7.00 Sep. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Schools failing to meet Lord Baker’s career guidance rules

    Schools are failing to comply with new careers guidance rules, a Schools Week investigation has found. None of the 10 biggest multi-academy trusts in England have conformed to a new requirement that all schools must publish detailed careers information online. And in a survey of FE providers commissioned by the Department for Education, only five

    10.00 Sep. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Report reveals regional variation in teacher quality

    Areas of England with the highest and lowest proportions of specialist teachers have been revealed in a new report by the Education Policy Institute. The report into the teacher labour market argued that a teacher having degree in their subject is a “good predictor” of quality, and has looked into variations in this measure across

    16.10 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News

  • Hand out bonuses 'further and faster' to get teachers into shortage subjects and deprived areas, says EPI

    The government should speed up and extend its roll out of bonuses for teachers who choose to teach shortage subjects or work in deprived areas, a think tank has said. The Education Policy Institute’s latest report found that a combination of rising pupil numbers and steady teacher numbers has led to a rise in the

    0.01 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News

  • 7 things we learned from EPI's 'Teacher Labour Market in England' report

    A new report into tackling the issues faced by the teacher labour market in England has been released by the Education Policy Institute. The report, which focuses particularly on the lack of teachers with relevant degrees teaching “high priority” subjects such as maths and science, has recommended the government offers financial bonuses and incentives for

    0.01 Aug. 30th, 2018 | News

  • DfE staffer Luke Thompson enters the Bake Off tent

    A Department for Education civil servant and part time techno DJ is one of the contestants on this year’s Great British Bake Off. The DfE’s Luke Thompson was one of 12 contestants to enter the famous baking tent during the first episode of the new series, which aired yesterday evening. The 30-year-old was introduced by

    11.10 Aug. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Financial warning for alternative provision provider TBAP trust

    A trust which runs 12 alternative provision academies has been warned to improve its finances by the government after failing to set a balanced budget for this year. TBAP multi-academy trust has received a financial notice to improve, which reveals the trust was first given a financial warning by the Education and Skills Funding Agency

    16.43 Aug. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Inquiry opened into trustee benefits at independent school charities

    An inquiry has been opened into two independent school charities after concerns were raised about conflicts of interest, protecting assets and “potential unauthorised trustee benefits”. The Charity Commission has begun a class statutory inquiry into The Martin Foundation and The Collegiate Charitable Foundation, which provide bursaries for pupils and advertising, facilities and equipment for schools.

    12.14 Aug. 24th, 2018 | News

  • Admissions appeals 2018: Secondary appeals rise but success rates drop

    Figures on the number of admissions appeals for the 2017-18 academic year reveal another increase in the number of secondary school appeals. The data, released by the Department for Education this morning, shows the overall proportion of appeals made and upheld has barely changed since last year, and reveals that half of all appeals are

    15.52 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News